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Pune: Cop arrested for going to hotel during sick leave, ‘extorting money from manager’

Court remands accused sub inspector Karkute to police custody for one day

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: August 26, 2021 9:25:37 pm
Pimpri Chinchwad police commissioner Krishna Prakash on Wednesday suspended the officer from service for tarnishing the image of the police department. (Representational)

The Pune City Police has arrested a sub-inspector who, while on sick leave, went in his police uniform to a hotel and allegedly extorted money from its manager.

The accused, Milan Shantanu Karkute (32), was attached to the control room of the Pimpri-Chinchwad police. Karkute was produced before a court in Pune, which remanded him to police custody for one day for further investigation.

According to a press release by Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone 1) Anand Bhoite of Pimpri-Chinchwad police, Karkute was on sick leave since August 21.

While on leave, he went in police uniform to Hotel Carnival, which is located in the jurisdiction of Mundhwa police station in Pune city, at 10.15 pm on August 24, police said.

Karkute quarreled with the hotel manager, claiming that he had come from the Police Commissionerate, police said. Making threats, Karkute extorted Rs 7,000 from the manager, police said.

The hotel manager contacted the Mundhwa police station, and after verification, the Pune City Police informed the Pimpri-Chinchwad police about the incident.

Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash suspended Kurkute from police service on Wednesday for “tarnishing the image of the police department”.

An offence of extortion was lodged against Karkute at the Mundhwa police station based on a complaint filed by the hotel manager. Karkute has been arrested on charges of extortion under sections 384 (extortion), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, said Senior Police Inspector Bramhanand Naikwadi.

Sub-inspector H S Giri, the investigation officer, said, “Accused Karkute was produced before a court today. There is information that he went to more hotels to extort money. Further investigation is on.”


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