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PULWAMA — Authorities in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district have apprehended two individuals masquerading as journalists for their involvement in a case of extortion.

According to a senior police officer speaking to a local news agency, the accused, identified as Abass Ahmad Seh and his accomplice Sheraz Ahmed Dar, were caught red-handed while attempting to extort money from a local resident in Rahmoo village.

The prompt action by Pulwama Police led to the detention of Abass Ahmad Seh, son of Mohammad Akbar Seh, and Sheraz Ahmed Dar, son of Mohammad Ameen Dar, both hailing from Nagbal and Urpara Nagbal Shopian respectively.

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The individuals allegedly posed as journalists and demanded payment from Mohammad Shafi Rather, a resident of Rahmoo village, to prevent the exposure of certain construction activities in Khacharie land.

During the arrest, police confiscated a counterfeit identity card along with mobile phones used in the illicit operation.

The case has been registered under FIR No. 19/2024, sections 419 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code at Police Station Rajpora. Investigations are ongoing to unveil any connections or networks involved in this fraudulent scheme, the official stated.

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