Police arrested 12 people on charge of extortion in Meghna River in Gazaria upazila Tuesday.
The arrested were identified as Kabir Prodhan, 32, Abdur Rab, 45, Afsar Madbar, 28, Moslem Uddin, 25, Suman Madbar, 24, Jahangir, 42, Arif Hossain, 22, Shah Alam, 23, Abul Madbar, 35, Sher Ali, 38, Abdul Gafur, 42, and Ripon, 30.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by Magistrate Moinulur Rahman conducted a drive in Ashrafdi and Betaki chars in the river and arrested them.
The law-enforcers also seized two trawlers used in extortion.
However, lease-holder of the sand quarries claimed that the arrested were his workers. “Police arrested them while they were returning home by two trawlers after collecting lease-money,” said lease-holder Afsar Uddin Bhuiyan.