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Social worker held for trying to extort money from Union min Mahesh Sharma

Press Trust of India  |  Noida 

A was arrested on Friday by the Police on charges of trying to extort Rs 2 crore from Mahesh Sharma, officials said.

Usha Thakur, in her 60s, was held from her house in Sector 31 at around 10 am, a said.

Thakur is accused of extortion, forgery and criminal conspiracy linked to a pre-election "sting operation" done by a gang helmed by a man who ran a local channel that was shut down after demonetisation, according to the police.

The gang was demanding Rs 2 crore from Sharma after threatening to make public an "objectionable" video, the officials said, adding that three people directly linked to the case were already arrested in April.

"was arrested this morning from her house. She has been arrested following detailed interrogation of other accused involved in this case," SHO of the Sector 20 said.

She was produced before a local court, which remanded her in judicial custody, he said.

One more man, identified as Khalid, who worked in the gang, is absconding, the SHO added.

Thakur has worked for a long time in as a and hogged limelight for her work in getting justice for victims of the sensational Nithari serial murder case.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 19:36 IST