BENGALURU: Two policemen attached to Girinagar police station were arrested on Sunday for allegedly stealing `8 lakh from a woman advocate. They intercepted the advocate’s vehicle near Seetha Circle on the pretext of routine check and stole the money.
A police informer, who hatched the plan was also arrested. The policemen have been identified as head constable Mayur and constable Raghav Kumar. Both were suspended after the arrest.
Advocate Suneetha, a resident of Chickpet, had earlier filed a case with police commissioner
N S Megharikh against Mayur and Raghav.
According to the complaint, Suneetha was on her way in an autorickshaw to give `8 lakh (in old currency notes)to a relative in Padmanabhanagar on Friday evening. Around 9.30 pm, five men, including the two constables, intercepted the vehicle. They claimed they were in search of people who were carrying black money for conversion. They checked the vehicle and took the cash. One of the cops took her to the station on the pretext of an inquiry and she was forced to sit there till midnight. She even showed related documents but to no avail. Policemen allegedly abused her too. The absence of Mayur and Kumar, however, made the advocate doubtful of the whole incident. She then decided to file a case with the senior police officer.
On Saturday, the Police Commissioner directed DCP (South) S D Sharanappa to conduct an inquiry. A senior police officer launched the probe and arrested the two policemen and informer Krishnamurthy on Sunday. Police seized `1.3 lakh from Raghava Kumar and `5.44 lakh from Krishnamurthy.
Krishnamurthy, who runs a catering business. He passed on the information that Suneetha was carrying money and they hatched a plot. The policemen assumed the woman would not approach police. Fearing arrest, the policemen, who hail from Ramanagar did not come for duty.