Mumbai

5 constables suspended for extorting money from couple

Threatened to file case against them for alleged indecency

The Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner suspended five constables attached to the Rabale police station on Wednesday for extorting money from a couple.

The police said that at 1.30 a.m. on May 6, two IT professionals were chatting in a car at Patni grounds when two constables on night patrol approached them and warned them that they should not be hanging around in the area at such a late hour. They then asked the couple to leave.

The constables informed their three colleagues at Diva Circle about the couple and that they were heading in their direction. The three constables then stopped the car and told the couple that a case would be registered against them for indulging in an obscene act in the car. They demanded ₹3 lakh for not registering the case and made the couple withdraw ₹46,000 from an ATM.

Belongings confiscated

The constables then confiscated the couple’s identity cards and the vehicle’s documents. They told them that their belongings would be returned only on paying the remaining amount. The next day, the couple went to the Rabale police station and informed senior police inspector Dinkar Mohite about the incident. Mr. Mohite then called for all the constables who were on night duty. The couple identified the errant constables and their belongings were returned.

Mr. Mohite said, “I reported the incident to Sudhakar Pathare, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I), and submitted a report to him.” Mr. Pathare then sent the report to Joint Commissioner of Police Suresh Mekla. “The five constables have been suspended and an departmental enquiry has been initiated. They will have to be at the police headquarters in Kalamboli daily and sign a register. Their uniforms, badges and identity cards have been deposited with us,” Mr. Mekla said.

The five suspended constables have been identified as Swapnil Tanaji Kashid, Sagar Jagatsingh Thakur, Shrikant Nagnath Goknur, Vaibhav Mohan Kurhade and Nitin Dattu Darade. According to a police officer, as the couple was reluctant to file a case of extortion, the constables were suspended for the crime of demanding a bribe.

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