Amritsar: Cops accused of using woman for blackmail and extortion

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 23:11 IST

Bringing shame to the khaki, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a constable are accused of using a woman to blackmail a man here and extort money from him.

They are also charged with threatening the victim after making Rs 3 lakh from him before the complainant and the Amritsar police exposed them. Accused ASI Harjinder Singh has fled but constable Simranjit Singh and another man, Davinder Singh, have been caught. “With the help of this man, the cops allegedly blackmailed a bank manager by setting a honey trap,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Bikram Pal Singh Bhatti.

“They got a woman to call up the manager in connection with a loan. He declined it but she sought a meeting to know how to go about it. Two days ago, the manager and one of his relatives went to meet her near the university here. Two women came to sit in their car and then police arrived on the scene and started scaring the manager, saying he either pays them or they would defame him and make a case,” said the DCP.

“The bank manager paid Rs 1 lakh that day and another Rs 2 lakh the next day to the policemen and another accused. The manager approached the police and we exposed the racket,” the DCP added. Asked if the manager was at fault for agreeing to have business meeting with the woman at a place other than the bank, the DCP said, “No, he says he was tired of being pestered.”

A hunt is on for the ASI and the woman involved and a case has been registered. “Apart from arresting two people, we have also recovered about `2 lakh of the extorted money,” said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Balkar Singh, who now will lead the investigation.

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