The Ghatkopar police are on the lookout for a police constable and a political party worker who allegedly tried to extort money from a tempo driver ferrying gutkha packets worth Rs9 lakh without possessing valid documents.
Their four accomplices were arrested immediately after the incident, which took place on Saturday.
The absconding accused have been identified as Anil Mishra and police constable from the DB Marg police station, Prabhakar Deokar. The four arrested accused have been identified as Amjad Akhtar Khan, Abdul Momin Shaikh, Sandradh Pathak and Sameer Pathak.
According to the police, the incident took place late Saturday evening near Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar (West). Aashish Nishad was transporting the gutkha packets when the six accused asked him to halt his vehicle. There were five other people in the tempo at the time.
“The accused asked Nishad to show the necessary documents such as Octroi receipts. Nishad, however, did not have them,” said police inspector R Kothmire.
The accused allegedly forced Nishad to park his vehicle at an isolated spot and tried to extort money from him. They threatened to hand him over to the local police station if he did not comply with their demands.
However, the other five persons present in the tempo called up the police control room. A team from the Ghatkopar police reached the spot.
“We arrested Khan, Shaikh, Sandradh Pathak and Sameer Pathak on charges of kidnapping and threatening people. Deokar and Mishra fled from the spot,” said a police officer who requested anonymity.
The police also arrested Nishad and five others travelling with him for ferrying adulterated foodstuff without possessing the relevant paperwork. A case of cheating was registered against them with the Ghatkopar police.
The police are also on the lookout for three persons known to have supplied the gutkha to Nishad.