Sambalpur, Oct 28: Police on Tuesday arrested one Balakrushna Rohidas and four others for their alleged involvement in extortion.
Rohidas was the Congress candidate from Rengali Assembly constituency in 2019 Elections.
According to police, five persons including Rohidas, had allegedly threatened and demanded extortion money from Goutam Reddy, a senior official of Vadodara Industrial Plant Construction, engaged in the boiler plant of Aditya Alumina at Lapanga in the district, on Monday.
When Reddy refused to comply with the demand, the accused and his associates allegedly thrashed him.
They also allegedly snatched Rs 20,000 in cash from him.
Police seized Rs 5,000 in cash and a car from them.