FIR against 4 rail­way cops for ‘ex­tor­tion’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Four cops at­tached to CSMT rail­way po­lice sta­tion have been booked al­legedly for ex­tort­ing money from a pas­sen­ger on Push­pak Ex­press on Satur­day. The cops, whose names have been with­held, were off-duty. They ex­torted Rs1,600 from the pas­sen­ger, iden­ti­fied only as Mur­shid (22), whom they had caught smok­ing in a sleeper class coach. No ar­rest had been made un­til Sun­day.

Their mat­ter came to the fore when the rail­way po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint from their coun­ter­parts at Kalyan sta­tion, where the com­plainant got off. “The com­plainant and the four cops were brought to CSMT rail­way po­lice sta­tion and an FIR reg­is­tered based on the com­plaint,” said an of­fi­cer from CSMT rail­way po­lice sta­tion.

“The pas­sen­ger who lodged the FIR said that the four, who were in the com­part­ment, threat­ened him when the train left CSMT. They had caught him be­fore the train reached Kalyan sta­tion. He got sus­pi­cious when they failed to fur­nish him any re­ceipt for Rs1,600 penalty,” said a rail­way po­lice of­fi­cer. A probe is on to get de­tails about whether these four cops have com­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fences af­ter sign­ing off from duty.

Se­nior in­spec­tor of CSMT rail­way po­lice sta­tion, He­mant Bawd­hankar, con­firmed that an FIR has been reg­is­tered against the four cops.

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