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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police on Friday booked gangster Raja Acharya under the stringent National Security Act (NSA). Acharya, a notorious criminal had spread a reign of terror in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Police Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi today directed to book the gangster under the NSA on charges of extortion, creating terror and public nuisance.

It is pertinent to mention here that Raja Acharya was arrested by the Twin City Police on the charges of extortion in the month of October. Senior officials said that the gangster was collecting Rs 20000 extortion money from a person for construction of house every month.

Over 40 cases are pending against Acharya. In 2017, he was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the Biranchi Das murder case. However, the Orissa High Court had turned down the bail plea of the gangster in a kidnapping- cum-extortion case of 2010.

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