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STF chief arrested over extortion case

india Updated: Mar 16, 2010 20:42 IST

Special Task Force chief Ashok Sheoron was arrested by the Haryana Police on Tuesday in connection with alleged involvement of STF members in an extortion and dacoity racket.

Sheoron, an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), was arrested in Panipat city, SP (Panipat) Rajinder Singh told PTI by telephone.

"He was was arrested on the basis of the statement of the accused and the details available from his mobile phone," he said.

The arrest was effected under various sections of the IPC including 395, 397 and 398 (pertaining to dacoity) and Section 120-B (conspiracy) and the some sections of the Arms Act, the SP said.

He said a court on Tuesday remanded to police custody till March 20 the seven STF personnel arrested in connection with the alleged racket last night.

The accused had refused to undergo an identification parade, he said.

The seven, including two Assistant Sub-Inspectors, were arrested following a complaint by a stock broker that they had robbed him of Rs six lakh after tying him in his office.

A jeweller in Panipat also complained to police that the seven STF personnel tried to extort Rs 10 lakh from him posing as vigilance team members from Chandigarh.

However, their act was caught on the CCTV camera at the jeweller's shop. Sheoran had initially denied his involvement in the crime.

The 15-member STF had been directed to remain "non-operational" pending an inquiry into the complaints.