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Mumbai: 3 cops accused of siphoning off demonetised notes worth Rs 8 Lakh


While the cops claim to have recorded the incident, the complainant says that Rs 8.5 lakh has been taken out of her bag

Bhayandar: In a major embarrassment, the Naya Nagar police had to register an FIR against three of their own cops after they were accused of siphoning off a part of demonetised currency amounting Rs 8.5 lakh from a woman.

An FIR under section 392 of the IPC was registered six days after the matter was reported on November 20. However, no arrests have been made so far.

It has emerged that the accused police personnel, during routine beat patrolling, had accosted some people, including a woman, after they were found to be carrying the phased out Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes amounting to Rs 20 lakh near the Payadde Hotel in Mira Road on Sunday. Instead of reporting the matter to their higher-ups and the Income Tax (IT) department, the police personnel let them off along with the cash.

While the cops in their defence claim to have recorded the incident in the police station’s general diary, the complainant has, however, alleged that Rs 8.5 lakh had been siphoned off from her bag. Based on a complaint registered by the woman (name not disclosed), who is said to be a resident of Malad, an FIR was registered against the police personnel on Saturday evening.

It should be noted that in a similar incident, Rs 20 lakh worth old notes were recovered from a biker on Thursday. However, unlike the Naya Nagar cops, their Bhayandar counterparts followed the procedure and duly informed IT officials, who are empowered to investigate and take action.

Meanwhile, Deputy SP Narsingh Bhosale has been directed to conduct further investigations into the matter.