Noida: Three journalists have been arrested for extortion, reported ANI on Wednesday. Inspector Manoj Pant of Noida Sector-20 police station has also been arrested and suspended from duty while another inspector, Jaiveer Singh is absconding. Also Read - Bengaluru Man Strips for Girlfriend on Video Call, Miscreants Extort Rs 22,000 by Threatening to Leak It

SSP Vaibhav Krishna SSP said, “Sector 20 SHO Manoj Pant, journalists Sushil Pandit, Udit Goyal and Raman Thakur were arrested extorting Rs 8 lakh in the office of SHO Sec-20, Noida. They were extorting money from a Call Center owner in exchange for removing his name from an FIR.” Also Read - 'Lessons in Corruption': UP Cop Brags How He Earned Lots of Money Through Bribes In a Leaked Audio Clip, Suspended

PTI reported that a Mercedes car has been seized from the possession of one of the journalists, which the SSP said, prima facie seemed to be related to some “criminal activity”. A .32 bore pistol was seized from the possession of another journalist, he said. Also Read - 'Will Expose Surveys That Portray Bad Picture About Freedom of Press in India': I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar as India Dips Further on World Press Freedom Index

“A total of Rs 8 lakh has been seized and all four have been arrested,” the district police chief said. Meanwhile, Additional SHO of Sector 20 police station, Jaiveer Singh, has been suspended for his alleged involvement in the case, the officer added.

Earlier this month, a 46-year-old alleged extortionist, who was wanted in numerous cases, was arrested by the sleuths of special cell of the Delhi Police, police said.

The Delhi Police had declared a bounty of Rs 50,000 on him, they added. Surender Singh Sodhi alias Shammi of Shakarpur was arrested on Friday. One pistol and five live cartridges were been recovered from his possession, Pramod Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said.

Shammi was infamous not only in Delhi but had several criminal cases registered against him in Mumbai and Haryana. He has been involved in criminal activities since school days, Kushwah said. “At 21, he was declared a bad character. He even killed a relative of underworld Don Chota Rajan in Mumbai,” he said.