COPS’ QUEST FOR BIG MONEY GOES AWRY

Trapped by a cops in connivance with a builder, complainant approaches ACB and turns the tables on them 

Mumbai : In a case which shows the depths to which the Mumbai police has sunk, an Assistant Police Inspector (API) jumped out of the window and fled with the marked money and case papers after the Anti-Corruption Bureau zeroed in on him.

It all started with a builder, Vicky Arora, wanting a real estate agent (the complainant in this case) to vacate his office in Arora Towers, Khar. Arora befriended the victim and took him to a farmhouse in Dahanu on June 4. According to the complainant, there were three girls at the farmhouse. The complainant was offered alcohol there. After he was inebriated, a CCTV recording was done while he was in a compromising position with one of the three girls.

A month and a half after this incident, the complainant was summoned by API Subhash Samant of Khar police station and shown an application where a female student had slapped a rape charge on him. She alleged that he had drugged her and then raped her on the pretext of giving her a job. The application also contained pictures of the two in a compromised position, terrifying the complainant to no end. Samant then asked the complainant to meet Police Inspector (PI) Nerlekar of the Khar police station.

PI Nerlekar here assured the complainant that he will get the matter settled if he coughed up Rs 2 lakh. When the complainant tried to contact him later he did not receive his call, so he again went to Samant. The API here disclosed Arora’s demand for him to vacate the flat and an additional amount of Rs 50 lakh to pay the girl.

Astounded by the cop’s demand, the complainant approached the ACB. The ACB verified his claims and started collecting evidence about the conspiracy. Subsequently they laid a trap against Samant.

Samant told the complainant to come at 6 pm on June 4 at his residence with the papers of the flat and Rs 10 lakh, an amount that they had agreed upon as the first installment. As the complainant did not have that much money, the ACB, as part of the trap prepared bundles of currency note-sized papers and covered each with a Rs 1000 note.

As per the decided strategy, after the transaction was made, the complainant gave a signal at which a lady constable knocked on the door of the room where they were. As Samant opened the door halfway and PI Dhemre of the ACB tried to enter, the former immediately realising something was fishy pushed the door and bolted it from inside. Samant, a body builder and a weightlifter easily overpowered Dhemre. By the time ACB’s team broke open the door, Samant had escaped through the AC window of the first floor flat.

Samant took with him Rs 20,000, which was the trap money along with the original documents of the house, and the photographs that were used to scare the complainant. The ACB has managed to recover the application of rape and the said pictures. In addition, two people Robin Gonsalves and Mahindra Kamble who threatened the complainant on Arora’s behalf were charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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