Mumbai cop-led gang busted for extortion, suicide abetment

Five persons, including a police constable, were arrested on charges of extortion and abetment of suicide after a Gujarati couple ended their lives here last week, police said on Tuesday.

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:40 PM IST

Mumbai: Five persons, including a police constable, were arrested on charges of extortion and abetment of suicide after a Gujarati couple ended their lives here last week, police said on Tuesday.

Prakash Brahmabhatt (42) and his wife Archana (39) -- residents of Jogeshwari -- jumped before a moving train on April 23 between Malad and Kandivali stations.

When the police started a probe, they found a suicide note at their residence in which it was stated that five persons were harassing them for Rs 6 lakh they had borrowed from a relative of two of them.

Following this, Constable Shivaji Churmule and his associates, Sayyed Sajid Sher Ali, Imran Ismail Kadiwal, Sayyed Saleem Hasumiya and Sayyed Abdul Sattar were nabbed yesterday and booked under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 384 (extortion) and 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention).

Prakash, who was into garment business, had two years ago taken Rs 6 lakh from Imran and Sayyed Ali`s sister, but was unable to return the money, police said.

Prakash and his wife were then harassed by the five, including Churmule, who was attached to Oshiwara police station, they said.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat police is undertaking an exercise to identify its personnel involved in criminal activities, following a number of such cases recently.

A case was filed last month against Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhagirathsinh Jadeja after he demanded a bribe of Rs.one crore from a Vadodara-based builder. Jadeja was posted in the economic offences cell and is also being probed by the anti-corruption bureau for owning assets in excess of his income.

Constable Himmatsinh Gohil of Ahmedabad is already behind bars after he was arrested for robbing gold bars worth Rs.64 lakh.

Last month, another police officer R.S.Rana, posted as deputy superintendent of police in Ahmedabad rural, was caught red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs.three lakh.

-Agencies inputs