Police have detained seven personnel of Haryana Special Task Force (STF) and quizzed their team leader in connection with an alleged extortion case.
B K Malhotra, a jeweller, and Rajat Sharma, who works as a stock broker, had filed a complaint on Saturday that unidentified armed men had taken Rs six lakh as extortion money from them, police said today.
Seven STF members, including two assistant sub-inspectors, have been detained for questioning in connection with the case, Director General Police R S Balal said.
The 15-member STF has been directed to remain "non-operational", pending an inquiry by Superintendent of Police, Panipat, Rajender Singh, the DGP said.
"We saw the CCTV footage of the jewellery shop and our staff recognised that one of the men was an STF constable as he was earlier posted with Panipat STF," SP Rajender Singh said.
ASP Ashok Sheoran, who leads the team, was also quizzed yesterday, police said.
A case under Section 97 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of IPC and Section 25/54/59 of Arms Act (for possessing illegal weapons) has been filed against unidentified persons.
Singh said a five-member team has been formed to probe the case.
The STF was formed to deal with naxalism, terrorism, narcotics smuggling and other serious crimes.