Mangaluru: A 33-year-old man has been arrested here on the charges of threatening a Kerala-based businessman and extorting money from him, the police said on Friday.
The arrested person has been identified as Divya Darshan, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar told reporters.
The businessman Haneef, who was in Dubai, came here on a business trip to secure a licence for bauxite mining.
He got in touch with the accused who claimed he had high-profile contacts and took money from him.
The accused then called Haneef to a flat in the city and kept him confined there for two months, saying he had a threat to his life.
Later, Darshan and his associates demanded Rs 30 lakh and Rs 55 lakh from him on two occasions.
Based on a complaint from Haneef, the accused was arrested.
His associates would be traced and arrested soon, the Commissioner said.