The Amboli police have arrested two persons for allegedly impersonating Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials and allegedly blackmailing and trying to extort money from a 28-year-old actress, thereby driving her to end her life.
The main accused identified as Suraj Pardeshi and Praveen Walimbe have been arrested by the police in the said case.
According to a statement issued by the Amboli police, on December 23, at around 9.00 am, a woman committed suicide at her house in Jogeshwari area. The police then registered an accidental death register (ADR) in the matter and began an investigation.
During the investigation of the ADR it was found that, on December 20, at around 11.30 pm, the victim and her friends were called by one of the accused involved in the case, at a five-star hotel through a common friend, the police claimed in the statement.
"The arrested accused raided the victim’s room and found the victim and her friends partying. The accused posed as NCB officers and threatened the victim and her friends to book them in an NDPS case," said a police officer.
He added, "The victim and her friends requested the accused to settle the issue after which they demanded money to avoid the case. The victim who had been facing repeated pressure from the accused, finally committed suicide."
The Amboli police then registered a case of abetment to suicide under sections 306 (Abetment of suicide), 170 (Personating a public servant), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 384 (Punishment for extortion), 388 (Extortion by threat of accusation of an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, etc), 389 (Putting person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120(B) (Criminal Conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, the NCB have clarified that the accused had no association with them.
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