Gangster Raja Acharya arrested on extortion charges
Bhubaneswar: A day after Commissionerate Police (CP) warned against collecting extortion money, police on Saturday arrested gangster Raja Acharya on charges of extortion.
Raja was extorting Rs 20,000 from a person every month for constructing a house. “We are currently questioning him,” CP Sudhansu Sarangi said. “Extortion is a serious issue. Strict action will be taken against people indulged in such crime,” he added.
Raja was the main accused in the murder of judo coach Biranchi Das on April 13, 2008 in Bhubaneswar and was arrested from Goa on May 28 the same year. Since then, he had been in jail and was released on bail in April last year.
He was also awarded a four-year jail term in October 2011 for abducting Arun Mantri, brother of Ollywood actress Bidusmita in April 2008, police said.