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Money-lenders facing threat from extortionists

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GUWAHATI, March 18 � Police is investigating allegations about a group of anti-social elements demanding money from a select group of businessmen of a specific community, mostly involved in money lending business.

The group resorts to blackmailing over �nationality issues� and demands huge amount of money from them.

Already, three cases have been registered against these anti-social elements with different police stations in Guwahati.

Akram Khan, secretary of Khan Committee, which looks after the issues concerning the community in the State, has also approached the Senior Superintendent of Police (City) AP Tiwari seeking his intervention.

Khan alleged that there are about 10 to 15 persons who operate as a group and extorts money by showing false documents. These unscrupulous elements are also operating in Upper Assam, he alleged.

�They threaten the innocent people by saying that with these documents the victims can be shown as Pakistani nationals and can be sent to jail. A number of people have already paid them out of fear. But now the problem is getting worse day by day. More and more innocent businessmen are falling prey to them,� said Akram Khan.

He informed that the Committee has lodged three complaints in the last couple of years. The complaints were lodge with Latasil police station, Hatigaon police station and the latest one has been registered with the Paltan Bazar police station.

Akram Khan also alleged that members of this group have threatened him of dire consequences.

He also named a number of accused in his complaint.

�People of our community were mostly in money lending business. But now due to the risk involved and loss incurred in recent time, many of them had left the business. We have urged police to provide security and nab the culprits before things deteriorate,� Akram Khan said.

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Money-lenders facing threat from extortionists

GUWAHATI, March 18 � Police is investigating allegations about a group of anti-social elements demanding money from a select group of businessmen of a specific community, mostly involved in money lending business.

The group resorts to blackmailing over �nationality issues� and demands huge amount of money from them.

Already, three cases have been registered against these anti-social elements with different police stations in Guwahati.

Akram Khan, secretary of Khan Committee, which looks after the issues concerning the community in the State, has also approached the Senior Superintendent of Police (City) AP Tiwari seeking his intervention.

Khan alleged that there are about 10 to 15 persons who operate as a group and extorts money by showing false documents. These unscrupulous elements are also operating in Upper Assam, he alleged.

�They threaten the innocent people by saying that with these documents the victims can be shown as Pakistani nationals and can be sent to jail. A number of people have already paid them out of fear. But now the problem is getting worse day by day. More and more innocent businessmen are falling prey to them,� said Akram Khan.

He informed that the Committee has lodged three complaints in the last couple of years. The complaints were lodge with Latasil police station, Hatigaon police station and the latest one has been registered with the Paltan Bazar police station.

Akram Khan also alleged that members of this group have threatened him of dire consequences.

He also named a number of accused in his complaint.

�People of our community were mostly in money lending business. But now due to the risk involved and loss incurred in recent time, many of them had left the business. We have urged police to provide security and nab the culprits before things deteriorate,� Akram Khan said.

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