Two held for blackmailing policemen
A former television journalist and his accomplice have been arrested on charges of allegedly extorting money from policemen on the pretext of implicating them in fake sting operations, the police said.delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2009 23:22 IST
A former television journalist and his accomplice have been arrested on charges of allegedly extorting money from policemen on the pretext of implicating them in fake sting operations, the police said.
Police said the accused, identified as Pushp Kumar Sharma (38) and Pankaj Kumar, would recreate a fake scene of accident on some road.
"They would pretend to reach a compromise after calling the police. One of them would play the victim and on the pretext of paying money to the victim as damages they would ask the policeman for change of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 note. They would record this exchange with a hidden camera," said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south).
Police said Sharma, a former journalist, would later call up the policeman and threaten to expose him on television if he did not cough up money.
Sharma, who was fired from his job a few months ago, had recently extorted money from two policemen in Lodhi Colony and Hauz Khas, police said. He had even conducted fake sting operations on several management institutes in Ghaziabad.
On October 21, the two accused tried to implicate Head Constable Rishi Rose posted at Vasant Vihar police station.
“Rose received a call about an accident between a car and a motorcycle near IIT gate. The tail light of the car was slightly broken. At the spot, Pankaj Kumar posed as the complainant and said his car was hit from behind by Sharma's motorcycle,” the DCP said.
"Both the parties settled the matter on their own and Sharma asked change for Rs 500 from Rose. Sharma gave Rs 400 to Kumar and settled the matter in writing."
After some days, Sharma allegedly called Rose and demanded money on the pretext of a sting operation. He also threatened Rose that the video would be aired on a news channel. Rose then reported the matter to his superiors.
A trap was laid and Sharma was arrested on November 17 when he was receiving Rs 10,000 cash as extortion amount.
Police recovered Rs 10,000, a mobile phone, a motorcycle and a car from the two accused.