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Absconding constables arrested in extortion case

The policemen allegedly extorted Rs 3 lakh from an old offender by threatening to fix him in a criminal case.

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore |
September 10, 2014 5:43:58 pm

Four men including three police constables who had been absconding for more than seven months were arrested by JP Nagar police recently in connection with a case of extortion. The constables, identified as Venkatesh, Dinesh and Bhimsi, were attached to the HAL police station.

A fourth accused, Shankar, has also been arrested. R Rajesh, the then police inspector of HAL police station who is also an accused in the case, is still at large. The accused policemen had been suspended by the then police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar and a criminal case registered upon instructions from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The tainted policemen allegedly extorted Rs 3 lakh from an old offender by threatening to fix him in a criminal case. JP Nagar police registered a case on February 5 and launched a manhunt but the accused remained elusive. Last week, the police constables were arrested by a special team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Jayanagar sub-division) Yeshwant Savarkar.

“Efforts are on to nab police inspector Rajesh, who is also accused in the same case and is still at large,” BS Lokesh Kumar, DCP (South Division) said.

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The criminal case, registered under Sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC, was based on a complaint lodged by Javeed, an old offender and a resident of  NS Palya near BTM Layout in south Bangalore.

Javeed had allegedly been robbed by the police team while on his way to NS Palya from JP Nagar on January 28. He was intercepted near JP Nagar junction by four policemen and another man in a vehicle. They forcibly took him to Silk Board Junction and threatened to book a false case against him unless he gave them Rs 3 lakh to let him go.

He was allegedly assaulted and threatened by the policemen for money. He called his aunt, Shamshad, a resident of JJ Nagar, and asked her to arrange the money. After the policemen had freed him, Javeed approached the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east division) TD Pawar the next day and complained that he had been robbed by the HAL police. Pawar brought it to the notice of the then commissioner of police and submitted a report about the incident, which led to the policemen’s suspension.

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