Hyderabad police arrest fake Naxal on extortion charges

Hyderabad: Police today arrested a fake Naxalite and two of his associates on charge of extortion.

Commissioner's Task Force arrested Mohd Rafiuddin alias Zakir, a self-styled District Commander of PWG (operating in the name of Ramesh Anna) and his associates Mohd Jaffer and Mohd Majid Ali, who have allegedly extorted money from contractors, builders, businessmen and rich persons in the state.

Rafiuddin, who was earlier arrested for extortion in 2001 and 2003 reportedly confessed to to have phoned over 1000 people from January 2007 to June 2008 (after he was arrested) and extorted money from about 80 persons.

After his release on bail in September 2008, Rafiuddin, formed a gang with two others and indulged in extortion in the name of Naxalites. He threatened 354 persons statewide. He was arrested again in January 2009, police said.

Again after getting bail in March this year, Rafiuddin, continued extortion and has admitted to have made calls to over 300 people till date and extorted money, a police officer said adding "most of the victims did not come forward to lodge police complaint due to fear of death."

Efforts are in progress to identify the victims and to initiate necessary action, police added.