The SHO of Noida sector 20 police station, Manoj Pant was arrested and suspended from duty, along with three journalists in connection with an extortion case, the police said on Wednesday. Another inspector Jaiveer Singh is said to be on the run. The three journalists were identified as Sushil Pandit, Udit Goyal and Raman Thakur. They were extorting money amounting to Rs 8 lakh from an owner of a call center for removing his name from an FIR which was registered against him in November last year, SSP Vaibhav Krishna said.
A Mercedes car was also seized from one of the journalists, which the SSP said, prima facie seemed to be related to some "criminal activity". A pistol and rs 8 lakh cash were also recovered from their possession. Additional SHO Jaiveer Singh was suspended in the case.