A former BBC journalist has been arrested in northern India

A former BBC journalist has been arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reported BBC.

Vinod Verma was picked up early on Friday from his house in Ghaziabad city.

Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava told BBC that a case of extortion had been registered against Mr. Verma in the central state of Chhattisgarh.

Mr. Verma, who denies the allegation, has reported extensively from insurgency-affected Chhattisgarh.

He is likely to be taken to Chhattisgarh for further questioning later in the day.

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