Five persons were arrested by Katpadi police for posing as CBI officials and trying to extort money from a 27-year-old woman on Saturday. The group was later remanded in the Vellore Central Prison for Men.
In her complaint, Geetha, a resident of Pallikuppam, said five persons claiming to be CBI officials had come to her house to conduct an inquiry into a complaint lodged by Maragadam and Patchai of Pallikuppam, against her husband Devandran for cheating them of money that they had deposited with a chit fund following his advice.
Geetha said the men demanded `1 lakh to protect her husband’s job and save him from humiliation.
They also tried to force her into the car in which they had come. They left the place after she took up the matter with senior police officers.
Acting on the complaint, police nabbed V Saravanan (42) of Chinnasankaranpalayam, R Murugesan (39) of K V Kuppam, M Nagaraj (40), D Rajan (34) of Gandhi Nagar and A Senthamarai (42) of Gangeyanallur. A case was registered against them under Sections 147, 170, 385 and 419 of IPC. They were remanded after being produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court in Katpadi.
Superintendent of police of Vellore, I Eswaran said an inquiry revealed that the accused were part of a human rights organisation called Manitha Urumai Kazhagam, on Reddiyappa Muthali Street, in Kosapet.