**Balasore:** Three youths including one minor have been arrested by Balasore police after firing blank shots during an extortion bid outside a restaurant on Monday evening.
The arrested were identified as Jajan Panigrahi (20), Sandip Kumar Pati (19) along with a 17-year-old juvenile.
According to police, the youths had demanded extortion booty to a tune of Rs 15 lakh from the restaurant owner over phone, but he took it lightly.
The offenders trio then reached the restaurant and allegedly opened fire to exert pressure on the restaurant owner. However, nobody was injured while the front glass of the restaurant got damaged. They further fired some blank shots to terrorize the public and fled from the spot.
As all the happenings got captured in the CCTV camera, the absconders eventually fell into the police dragnet. Two of the accused were arrested from Raipur in Chhattisgarh and the minor accused from Balasore town.
The police have seized three fired ammunitions, one motor bike and six mobile phones.
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