The police have arrested four persons for extorting money from contractors impersonating as Maoists.
The gang leader, Ramlal Soren, has been arrested from Arjari village under Bishnugarh police station in Hazaribagh, said the police.
Soren’s arrest led to the arrest of his three accomplices — Neelkanth Turi, Manoj Kumar Mahato of Bokaro district and Zubair Hussain, who was a resident of Nawada village under Bishnugarh police station.
According to the police the gang members, posing as Maoist ultras, had unleashed a reign of terror in Bishnugarh and Bagodar belt by extorting money from contractors of construction companies.
The arrested men have kidnapped an employee of a construction company and demanded Rs 40 lakh as ransom for his safe release, said the police.