Patna: A senior Bihar police officer has been accused by a liquor merchant of demanding Rs 10 crore as extortion and threatening to falsely implicate him, police said on Sunday.

Economic Offence Bureau (EOW) officials probing the case have held three persons with Rs five lakh in cash raised from the complainant.

In a complaint to the Director General of Police Abhayanand, liquor merchant Tunaji Pandey alleged the DIG (Saran range) Alok Kumar of demanding Rs 10 crore as extortion, involving a middle-man, Inspector General of Police (IG), Budget, Anupama Nilekar told reporters in Patna.

Pandey alleged that he met the DIG on January 10 last where the senior cop repeated the extortion demand and threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to meet the same, she added.

Pandey quoted the DIG as threatening him and harassment by implicating him with charges of selling spurious liquor and liquor with less quantity of spirit than mandated. After investigations into the DIG's phone conversation, the DGP found corroborative evidences of the accused demanding extortion money from the liquor merchant, following which a probe by EOW was demanded into the case.

(Agencies)

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