TWO MEN have been arrested for posing as CBI officers and attempting to extort Rs 1 crore from a Borivali-based couple while threatening to kill them in an encounter if they didn’t pay up.
Police said the accused, Ashwani Sharma (52) and Sajid Warekar (29), came into contact with the husband, who runs a co-operative bank in Borivali, three months ago.
“The accused would call the victim to meet them outside the CBI office in Bandra-Kurla Complex. They would point out the building and claim that they worked there,” said Pandit Thackeray, senior inspector, MHB Colony police.
The accused, the police claimed, threatened to open an investigation into alleged irregularities in the way the victim’s bank operated. The fake officials allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore in order to not initiate a probe. “The accused also threatened to kill the victim and his wife in an encounter if they did not pay up,” said Thackeray.
In the next three months, the couple paid Rs 50 lakh to Sharma and Warekar, who also allegedly forced them to purchase a new Toyota Innova car worth Rs 27 lakh. When earlier this month, the duo demanded that they hand over the Innova car to them, the couple approached Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone XII) Sangramsing Nishandar.
Following this, the police laid a trap for the men at the couple’s Borivali home on Monday. “Sharma and Warekar were arrested when they arrived to collect the car,” said an officer.