Thane : Offences have been registered against four policemen in Bhiwandi town for allegedly detaining three persons on false charges and extorting Rs three lakh from them to let them off, police said Tuesday.

The policemen, attached with Narpoli police station, had detained Istiaque Makbul Ahmed Chowdhari, a local builder, his son Abdul Mabud alias Sonu and their neighbour Mefuz Alam on May 7 for their alleged involvement in theft of yarn from a container, senior inspector Anil Akhade said Tuesday.

The three were detained in the police station till the next morning. Later, the policemen, identified as constables Pramod Gadve, Pravin Jadhav, Sailesh Golhar and Satish Desai, allegedly demanded Rs three lakh from them to set them free and also beat them up, as per the complaint.

The accused extorted money in installments from the three persons, the police officer said. Based on the complaint, offences were registered on Monday against the four policemen under sections 342, 384 and 34 of the IPC, he said.

The investigation in the case was being carried out by the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane’s crime branch but no arrest has been made so far in this connection.      -PTI

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