A police inspector and three other personnel of the Bengaluru police were suspended Thursday and are facing interrogation after they allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from an accused who was picked up from Kochi in Kerala in a cybercrime offence.
The extortion came to light after Kochi police informed Bengaluru police about the incident.
On June 14, a cybercrime case was registered at the Whitefield CEN police station. The complainant, Chandaka Srikanth, had lost Rs 26 lakh in an alleged job fraud case.
During the investigation, it was found that Rs 10,000 was transferred to an ICICI bank account belonging to a person named Issac of Madikeri. Upon interrogation, he said the account was opened on the behest of one Rajesh who in turn told the police that it was Pares and Nishanth from Kerala who had asked him to do so. When Pares and Nishant were interrogated, they said that it was Naushad of Kerala’s Mannapuram who was responsible for this.
According to DCP (Whitefield) S Girish, on July 31, Whitefield CEN Police Inspector Shivaprakash and three of his staff — head constables Vijaykumar and Shivani and constable Sandesh — left for Kerala to pick up Naushad.
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Naushad was picked up by the team on August 1 from Vengara in Kerala and subsequently, two other suspects, Nikhil and Akhil, were held in Ernakulam. After the arrest, Shivaprakash’s team informed the Pallurthi police station.
On August 2, Shivaprakash and his three juniors were summoned to the Kalamcheri police station where they were told that they are suspects in an alleged extortion case since they had demanded Rs 3 lakh from Akhil and the cash was found in the accused’s car.
Akhil had reportedly conveyed the demand for a bribe to his lawyer who in turn complained to the Kochi police. The Kochi police (Kalamcheri police station) has registered an extortion case against Shivaprakash and the three others. A team of Kochi police is now in Bengaluru and is interrogating Shivaprakash and the three others.