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A fake journalist arrested and case registered against five persons for posing as journalists

Fake journalists extort Rs 20,000 from a rice miller owner

RAJANNA-SIRCILLA, MARCH 31, 2024: The Rajanna-Sircilla police have registered criminal cases against the pseudo journalists for resorting to extortion of money from a rice miller owner and arrested one fake journalist and produced before the court.

In a statement here on Sunday, Sircilla DSP Chandrashekhar Reddy said that five persons namely Ponnam Chandramouli, Dusa Rajender, Choutapalli Venkatesh, Avunuri Prashanth and Naresh followed a paddy lorry proceeding to Siddipet from Varalaxmi rice mill, Vemulawada on Saturday evening. When the lorry reached Jillella, they intercepted the vehicle and got the details of the owner through the lorry driver.

They contacted the rice mill owner over the phone. Introducing themselves as reporters, they demanded Rs.20,000 saying that he was illegally transporting paddy. They threatened to inform officials if he did not give them the money. The rice mill owner then paid them but also lodged a complaint with the Thangallapalli police, following which IPS officer Rahul Reddy registered a case and began investigation.

Police arrested one accused Ponnam Chandramouli and recovered Rs.20,000 from him. The remaining four accused were absconding. Chandramouli was produced before court. The DSP informed the people to dial 100 or 8712656370 if any one threatens them and demand money or blackmails them.


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