Deepak Humbre, deputy superintendent of police, Satara, was arrested by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Saturday for allegedly demanding money from Dharma Kalokhe, a head constable who was suspended following his arrest last year, and his partner, drug kingpin Shashikala Patankar.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Kalokhe said, “Humbre had been harassing us for money and threatening us. He said if we wanted to get discharged from the case, we will have to pay him. We have given him around Rs40 lakh.”
Kalokhe said one Yuvraj Dhamal, who is associated with a political party, would collect the money on Humbre’s behalf.
“A week ago Dhamal was in Mumbai and demanded money from us again. This time, we approached the ACB and a trap was laid. He was caught red-handed by the ACB officers in Khandala and he said he was collecting the money on Humbre’s behalf.”
“Humbre had been monitoring the case closely and had even visited the Forensic Science Laboratory,” said Kalokhe, adding, “The FSI report is out and based on it, we should be discharged from the case. Instead we were being harassed for money.”
Additional commissioner of police, ACB, Keshav Patil confirmed the development and said that the matter is being investigated.
On March 9 last year, a team of Satara police raided Kalokhe’s residence and seized 112kg of a substance, allegedly drug Mephedrone (MD), and arrested him.
A day later, Marine Drive police seized 12kg of a substance, also allegedly MD, from his locker at the police station, where he was attached.
A forensic report by the state laboratory on the seized contraband, however, said it was ajinomoto.
The Mumbai crime branch and the Satara police then approached the Bombay high court, seeking permission to collect fresh samples and sending them another test to Hyderabad.