The Amboli police on Monday arrested five people, including a police constable attached to the Oshiwara police.
They were remanded in police custody for their alleged involvement in a case of extortion and abetment of suicide of a Jogeshwari-based couple.
The arrested persons have been identified as police constable Shivaji Chormule, Sayyed Sajid Sherali, Imran Kadiwal, Sayyed Hasmiya and Sayyed Abdul alias Raju Miyan. While two of them are estate agents, the other two are second-hand car dealers.
On Saturday morning Prakash Brahmabhatt, a garment businessmen and his wife Archana, committed suicide by jumping in front of a passing train in Kandivli.
The Borivli Government Railway Police had initially registered a case of accidental death.
However, when Prakash's brother Arun searched their residence, he found a suicide note kept in the showcase.
The police said, the suicide note that was written in Gujarati reportedly mentioned the couple that stayed in Shukla Chawl at Jogeshwari (West), had borrowed a sum of around Rs 19 lakh from money lenders. These money lenders had been harassing and threatening them for non-payment of the loan and hence they decided to end their lives.
“Prakash and Archana had borrowed Rs 12.5 lakh from Sherali's sister and Rs 6 lakh from Imran over a period of 2-3 years.
However, the couple could not repay the borrowed sum following which Imran approached his friend Chormule, who approached the couple and threatened them in order to extract the money,” said Senior Inspector Kailash Ghamande of Amboli police station.
“A day before the couple died, Chormule went to Brahmabhatt’s residence and managed to get three post dated cheques of ICICI bank. We learnt that Chormule had, on several occasions, asked Brahmabhatt to return the money as soon as possible,” said Ghamande.
Police said Prakash was well acquainted with the accused including Chormule. “They often spent time together,” Ghamande said.
The couple is survived by two sons, Sunny (18) and Jaynish (15), who stay in Surat. Arun took the bodies to Gujarat on Monday where the last rites will be performed.