Two journalists held for extortion, blackmail

April 9th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Two journalists have been arrested here for allegedly blackmailing and trying to extort money from a builder, the police said Thursday
Jagjit Sharma, 28, and Pankaj Kumar, 28, who were running a magazine, New Bright Star, were caught on the complaint of D. Srivastava of Oxame Ltd.

The police said the accused asked Srivastava to pay Rs.1 million or else they would publish a defamatory article on his company.

“They threatened him that if these demands were not met they will publish an article against the company,” said a police officer.

The police laid a trap and arrested the accused while accepting a first payment of Rs. 150,000.

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