Tapah police deny not taking action over extortion case

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  • Tuesday, 07 Jul 2020

TAPAH: The Tapah police have denied that they did not take action over an extortion case reported at Kampung Bedrock in Bidor near here.

Tapah OCPD Supt Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said a viral Facebook post on July 5 uploaded by a user named "Farahana Sohail Sardar" had said that despite a police report lodged, no action had been taken against the gangsters in the extortion case.

The gangsters had allegedly asked for protection money from a farm owner.

Supt Wan Azharuddin said that on July 1 at about noon, police had received a report from a 58-year-old man, stating that he had been blocked from going into his farm, and fish rearing area by three unknown men asking for protection money.

“The incident happened on June 28, where the complainant and his worker were going into the farm. Three men stopped them and asked for RM10,000 yearly for protection money.

“Based on the information received, the police had gone to the location and arrested one man in his 60s, on the same day the police report was lodged (July 1).

“The suspect was remanded for two days, and later given police bail. The case is investigated under Section 384 of the Penal Code for extortion, and the matter has been referred to the deputy public prosecutor's office,” he said.

Supt Wan Azharuddin said the police thus denied the allegations by the Facebook user that nothing has been done.

“We will be calling the Facebook user to record her statement soon,” he added.

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