: The State police have suspended a constable on the charge of blackmailing and sexually exploiting a woman complainant. The police identified the suspended official as Raju, an Armed Reserve constable who was temporarily attached to the Chirayankeezhu police station.

The victim, a 27-year-old homemaker and mother of three children, had complained to the police that three persons had sexually exploited her after claiming to have secretively videographed her bathing (on a mobile phone camera).

The Attingal police on Tuesday arrested the person who claimed to have videographed the woman. He was identified as Binu Das. A second person, Thulasi, who the woman employed after dismissing Binu, similarly exploited her after claiming to have got a copy of the video clip.

The Chiryankeezhu police had sent constable Raju to conduct a preliminary inquiry. He allegedly befriended the woman and sexually exploited her after promising to return the video clip to her.

The police have booked all the three suspects on charges of rape, criminal intimidation and trespass. They have arrested Binu Das. The other suspects are at large. M. Gopalakrishnan, SP, Rural, and Dy SP, Attingal, D. Rajendran are supervising the investigation. — Staff Reporter