Thane: The Ulhasnagar police have registered a case against two persons including a minor, for allegedly threatening a ration shopkeeper and attempting to extort money from him, a police official said on Tuesday.
The two accused went to a fair price shop in Ulhasnagar township on May 11 and allegedly demanded 10 kg of rice from the shopkeeper.
Accused demanded "hafta" from the shopkeeper
Ulhasnagar Police Station Senior Inspector Dilip Fulpagare said, "The two suspects went to a ration shop in Ulhasnagar and demanded he give them 10 kg rice. When the shopkeeper expressed his inability to fulfil their demand as he did not have any stock left, the duo allegedly brandished a knife and warned him of dire consequences if he did not hand over rice and 'hafta' (protection money) for running the shop. When some people from the neighborhood rushed to the shopkeeper's rescue, the suspects warned them also of dire consequences."
When they realised they were outnumbered, the suspects fled the scene on a motorbike and are still absconding.
Miscreants still in the wind
Fulpagare added, "Based on the complaint by ration shopkeeper we have registered a case against the accused on Sunday under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention). The suspects have not been arrested so far but soon we will arrest them. We are further investigating the case."
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