Cuttack: Barang police on Saturday arrested three persons for allegedly demanding Rs 50 lakh extortion from a builder and seized a two-wheeler from their possession.
The accused were identified as Lipu Pradhan (22), Trilochan Sahoo (26) alias Litu and Sandip Pal (20) alias Muna, all from Madhupur village under Baranga police limits in the district.
The arrests were made following a complaint lodged by Amiya Kumar Das, owner of Mayur Builders, on Friday.
In his complaint, Das, a resident of Deula Sahi under Bidanasi police limits, alleged that the trio came to his Mayur project site at Madhupur on June 10 and abused him with filthy languages. They demanded Rs 50 lakhs extortion from Das and threatened that they would kill him unless he pays the money.
The accused trio again approached Das on July 2 and threatened to close the project or else they would murder him on the lines of Kalia Swain murder case.
During the investigation, assistant sub-inspector RK Mohanty arrested the accused persons and seized one Apache bike bearing registration number OD 05 R 9523 from their possession.