Facebook journalist arrested for extortion, police registers FIR

Baramulla: A man, who identifies himself as the managing editor of a popular Facebook page, Kashmir Crown was arrested on charges of extortion and criminal intimidation, Police said Saturday.

A local court has now remanded seven-day Police custody to the accused Ashiq Mir in connection with the extortion case.

A Police spokesman confirmed that based on a complaint filed by a resident of Kupwara that the accused had extorted Rs 1 lakh from him and despite repeated pleas, not returned the money.Following a complaint, a case under FIR No 177 of 2021 under section 384 and 506 was registered at Police Station Baramulla.

The man was later arrested and a local court gave him 7-days Police remand.

Police has also recovered the money from the arrested person.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Baramulla, Rayees Ahmad said that the accused had been arrested on charges of extortion.

“A case of extortion and criminal intimidation is registered against him at Police Station Baramulla,” he said.

Earlier, the Editor in Chief of the same Facebook Page was accused of bungling and misuse of money collected for a poor family. According to a report carried by Gulistan TV, a social activist accused Shahid Imran, the Editor In Chief, Kashmir Crown of siphoning the money collected for a poor family to his personal account which amounted to more that one crore rupees.

As per the details provided by the social activist in a press conference, Shahid transfered only 50 lac rupees into the account of the beneficiary and the rest of the collected amount still remains unaccounted.

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