Police officers under scanner for suspected connivance with blackmailing gang
Jaipur: Some officers of the police commissionerate are under scanner for their alleged connivance with a blackmailing gang busted by the special operations group (SOG) last month. These police officials including two inspectors had probed bogus rape complaints registered by the gang members with various police stations in the city. The gang members used to register rape complaints against doctors, builders and prominent businessmen and then extort money for withdrawing the complaints.
After the gang was busted, some victims came forward and complained to the SOG about the suspected role of two police inspectors.
The agency has arrested nine members of this gang including lawyers, bogus journalists and women. The women members of the gang befriended the victims, took them to hotels and then threaten to implicate them in rape cases. Four lawyers were debarred by the Jaipur bar Association on Wednesday.
The police department’s CID-CB branch will join investigation after the name of some police officers came up.
The two inspectors were deputed as station house officers (SHOs) at police stations in the city, but the office of police commissioner removed them from duty after their names cropped up in the SOG investigation.
Over the past three years, the women members of the gang registered rape complaints with various police stations in the city including Mahesh Nagar, Sindhi Camp, Shiprapath, Muralipura, Kardhani, Bhankrota and Manak Chowk.
Sources said that the complaints were not turned into FIRs and the victims were pressurized to reach a compromise with the gang. The victims paid hefty amounts of money to the gang fearing social backlash.
The SOG on Friday interrogated Twenty seven-year-old NRI woman, Ravneet Kaur who was arrested from Kota three days ago. She was confronted with other members of the gang including Akshat Sharma, Anand Shandilya and Vijay.
Sources said that the woman accused her accomplices of implicating her.
Ravneet Kaur came to India in 2008 to stay with her grandmother. She enrolled herself in a college in Jaipur to study BBA where she came in contact with one Rohit who was also studying in the same college.
Kaur dropped out of the college in the second year and started looking for a job when Rohit introduced her to Akshat Sharma alias Sagarpuri.