UP: Four policemen booked for extortion

Gonda (UP): Four policemen of the Special Operation Group (SOG) have been booked for allegedly extorting money from a local businessman here, police said on Tuesday.

A local liquor dealer has lodged a complaint alleging that the four policemen had extorted Rs 1 lakh from him after illegally detaining his supervisor and threatening him.

In his complaint, the dealer alleged that his supervisor was on his way with Rs 10 lakh in cash when he was stopped at the Misrauliya railway crossing here by four people, identifying themselves as constables of the SOG, police said.

On finding the cash, they allegedly started threatening him and a deal had to be settled, under which they were paid Rs 1 lakh, they said.

A case of extortion has been registered and the accused have been taken into custody for questioning, police said.