Police have registered a case against unidentified men for allegedly making an extortion threat to the headman of Parasoli village in Muzaffarnagar.
The headman, Haji Ilyas Ansari, who is also the owner of a brick kiln, alleged in a complaint that he received a threatening call yesterday, asking him to pay up a sum of Rs 5 lakh.
In similar case at New Mandi area here, miscreants demanded Rs 20 lakhs from a trader, Vinod Kumar, over phone and threatened him yesterday, police said.
A case has been registered in this regard.
Police said they are using call records to trace the identity of the miscreants in both cases.
Elsewhere, an elderly man was brutally beaten to death by three persons who gouged out his eyes before dumping his body near a drain here, police said today.
A case of murder have been registered against the three and a manhunt has been launched to arrest them, Circle Officer (city) Nitesh Singh said.
“Santram Gautam (65) was attacked by three persons last evening. He was mercilessly beaten, and his body was lying near a drain. His eyes were gouged out,” he said.
The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem, the circle officer said.
(With inputs from PTI)