CHATTOGRAM: Police arrested an alleged extortionist from the city’s Jubilee Road area on Tuesday night.
The arrestee was identified as Manirul Islam alias Jewel, 38, a resident of the city’s Bahoddarhat area.Sources said Jewel allegedly extorted money from businessmen introducing himself as a relative of Enayet Bazar Ward councillor Salimullah Bachchu.
The arrestee also went to a shop ‘Water Centre’ and demanded Tk 5,000 as extortion in the name of the councillor at the Jubilee Road on Tuesday night.
As staff members of the shop refused to pay the money, Jewel threatened to shut the shop. At one stage of the altercation, one of the staff of the shop went out to bring money from another shop to give him.
The staff member spotted the councillor’s younger brother Md Nasim in the shop and shared the matter with him. Nasim informed the staff that they have no close relative by the name ‘Jewel’.
Later, businessmen and locals caught Jewel and gave a good beating before handing him over to law enforcers. Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mohsin of Kotwali Police Station said on receiving information, they rushed to the spot and arrested Jewel.