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Sewri cop held for extortion

mumbai Updated: Oct 26, 2011 01:05 IST
HT Correspondent

A sub-inspector attached with the Sewri police station was arrested by the crime branch and handed over to the Dindoshi police on Monday for allegedly extorting ornaments worth Rs17 lakh and Rs7 lakh cash from a Malad-based businessman.

According to the Dindoshi police, sub inspector Prashant Mane, two constables Laad and Chauhan, along with two others Akbar Shaikh, 36, and Abhishek, 34, allegedly approached the complainant, Mohammad Asif Shaikh, on August 23, posing as crime branch officers. They accused Mohammad of dealing in hawala money and demanded money if he did not want to be arrested.

The police, who were alerted by the complainant, arrested Akbar and Abhishek on Friday. They also arrested one Salman Khan, 22, — who claimed to be a police informer — on the same day. Sopan Chaudhary, inspector, Dindoshi police station said: “Khan knew Mohammad. He told Akbar and Abhishek that Mohammad had a huge amount of cash in his house. Abhishek, who is Mane’s informer, alerted him and the plan to threaten Mohammad was made.”

“They accused Mohammad of dealing in hawala money and said they could get him arrested. They then extorted the booty from him,” said Chaudhary.

The accused threatened Mohammad against informing the police. On Sunday (October 23), the accused again called Mohammad and asked him for more money. He suspected foul play and registered a case against them with the Dindoshi police,” said Chaudhary.

“Abhishek revealed that Mane was involved in the deal. We arrested Mane and are now searching for the two constables,” said Chaudhary.

Mane, who is from the 2004 batch, joined Sewri police station in 2009 before which he was attached to the protection department. He had also been attached with the Vakola police station after serving a few years in Nagpur.