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Two crime branch officers arrested for extortion

Singh reportedly told them that he was innocent but they asked him to come to the station, police said.

Two police officers, including a woman officer, posted with Delhi Police’s crime branch unit were arrested and three more were detained on Wednesday for allegedly conducting a fake raid in a hotel in Mahipalpur and extorting money from a businessman on September 1.

The accused — SI Vandana Rao and ASI Hans along with three constables — allegedly told Jaspreet Singh, a businessman from Ludhiana, that the hotel was a prostitution hub and asked him to come with them to the police station. The officers allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh to let him go and told him to pay the amount in two installments, police said.

Soon after he was let off, Singh approached police alleging that five officers, including a woman, came to his room and asked him to come with him to the police station.

“I had checked into Rainbow hotel around 7.45 pm. Since I was tired, I was lying down when someone knocked at the door. I opened the door and saw five people, including one woman. One of them was carrying a camera. They said they ware Crime Branch officers and that the hotel was a prostitution hub. They then asked me to come with them,” Singh stated in his complaint.

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Singh reportedly told them that he was innocent but they asked him to come to the station, police said.

“They went to a few other rooms where some couples were staying and took them along as well. They said they have a video footage of me and would make it public if I do not settle the matter. They took me to a forest area and demanded Rs 2 lakh to let me go. I just had Rs 40,000 at that time. I gave them that and requested them to let me go. The officers told me that I can pay the amount in two installments and threatened to abduct me if I approach police. They took my driver’s licence and gave me a phone number and asked me to contact them when the money is arranged,” Singh stated.

Soon after Singh alerted hotel authorities about the matter, he went to police. “We recorded his statement and a case has been registered. The two police personnel were identified and were arrested. Three constables have also been detained,” a police officer said.

First published on: 04-09-2014 at 03:03:38 am
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