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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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The extortionist demanded ` 5 crore as ' protection money' from the businessman and his family," a senior police officer said.
The racketeer formerly belonged to a syndicated crime group but became independent after working under a senior extortionist, and did not hold any JAL shares, police said.
According to Muhammad Rafiq, he received threatening calls from unidentified extortionist through unregistered sims and he earlier also submitted a written application in concerned police station in this regard but no action was taken by the concerned authority.
CTD also recovered money from the extortionists and shifted them to unknown place for further investigation.
During initial interrogation the woman confessed that she has taken extortion money from 3 different individuals in the past and is an accomplice of notorious extortionist namely Imran alias Kawwa.
Earlier, the Rangers claimed that their raiding teams had arrested 978 criminals including 14 terrorists, 104 target killers, 143 extortionists and 12 kidnappers.
Cell phones play a significant role in facilitating extortionists and other criminals, in which criminals coerce people to use e-banking and cell phone credit transfer facilities to pay them.
Larson, who headed prosecution of the reputed leader of the Armenian Mafia in the Los Angeles area, said extortionists have been targeting both small and large businesses in the Armenian community.
Local Police said that unknown extortionists hurled a hand grenade inside house of Muhammad Rafeeq son of Muhammad Hussain, who is serving inspector at Custom Department Peshawar.
Police also recovered three proclaimed offenders, wanted to police in kidnapping case at Sialkot; while extortionist, dacoits and accused involved in snatching vehicles after hiring them, were also nabbed.
In several cases, the extortionists have attempted to harm or kill the person who did not comply to their demands, he added.
Shah's response came after a day of demand by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in which it called for deploying the army in the city of Karachi because of untamed extortionists and unstoppable killings that take hundreds of lives every month.