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Three cops suspended for demanding ransom,face abduction charges

Three police officers posted in the Pandav Nagar police station in East Delhi have been suspended for allegedly picking up a man and demanding Rs 50,000 for his safe release.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi |
March 15, 2009 1:42:04 am

Three police officers posted in the Pandav Nagar police station in East Delhi have been suspended for allegedly picking up a man and demanding Rs 50,000 for his safe release. A case of kidnapping has also been slapped on Assistant Sub Inspector Ravinder Tyagi,Head Constable Ashok Yadav and Constable Sanjeev.

According to sources,Hafiz Iqbal Khan (33) was waiting for a bus around 8.30 am at Seemapuri border with his wife and 11-year-old son when four cops arrived in a blue Maruti 800 car and asked him to come along.

“They told me I was a Bangladeshi and would be arrested for murder. They said they were from the Crime Branch and needed to question me,” Khan told Newsline over the phone. “I was taken to a room on the ground floor in Noida Mor (Pandav Nagar) and grilled about being a Bangladeshi. Then they said call your wife and ask her to get Rs 50,000 for your safe release.” The incident took place on March 5.

His wife came around 12 pm and said she could manage only Rs 20,000.

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Tyagi reportedly took the money and asked Khan to go,but he gave him his number and said he still needed to pay another Rs 20,000.

According to his wife,before they left,Tyagi also threatened Khan not to speak about the incident. “They said if you do that,you would never see the light of day again,” she said.

Khan came out and immediately called the Police Control Room,informing about the incident.

He was taken to the Pandav Nagar police station,where,according to him,the attitude of the police was “relaxed”. Disappointed,he decided to approach the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) O P Mishra.

However,by the time Khan approached the Additional DCP,he had started getting calls from the accused cops on his mobile. According to Khan (police sources confirmed the account),he told Additional DCP Mishra about the calls,who called back on the number from Khan’s mobile,and claimed he was Khan. The accused cops actually mistook him for Khan and said,“Take back your Rs 20,000 and withdraw the case you registered against us.”

An immediate order was issued to the Pandav Nagar police station to suspend the three policemen and register a case against them.

When contacted,DCP (East) Anand Mohan said,“A case has been registered against the accused police officers and they have been suspended. Further action will be taken after investigations conclude.”

The accused have been booked under Sections 342 (wrongful confinement),365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person),389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence,in order to commit extortion) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

Khan lives in Seemapuri with his wife and children,a police officer said.

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