Bhawanipatna: Police here has arrested three persons for posing as Naxalites and duping a local trader in Kalahandi district. The arrested have been identified as Deba Prasad Nayak, Gangaram Bemal and Chandra Rout.
Kalahandi police said that they had received a complaint from one Tulasiram, a local trader, that he had been receiving extortion calls from persons claiming to be Naxals.
The accused persons identifying themselves as rebels had demanded Rs 10 lakh from Tulasiram. The accused persons had extorted Rs 70,000 and were demanding the second installment, said police.
Based on the plaint, police launched a probe and arrested three accused persons.