Journalist, govt employee arrested in Goa for extortion

Panaji: The Goa Vigilance Department’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB) today arrested a journalist and a government employee for alleged extortion attempt.

“Sanjay Shinde, who works with the local cable channel `In Goa’, and Melwyn Soares, who works as a photographer with the state information and publicity department, were arrested by ACB in Margao town,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Bousette Silva said.

“They had approached a businessman posing as officials of vigilance department, and took Rs 30,000 from him claiming that a party hall owned by him was illegal and can be demolished,” Silva said.

After realising that they were impostors, the businessman approached the Vigilance department.

“Today the duo were called near a market in Margao where they were caught accepting Rs 80,000,” he said.

They were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 419 and 420 of the IPC for impersonation and cheating, respectively.