Pune, 19th December 2021: The anti-extortion cell 1 of Pune City Police Crime Branch has nabbed six persons including one of its own constables for allegedly kidnapping a businessman for the ransom of Rs 50 lakh.
Based on the complaint from the 33-year-old businessman from a village in Shirur taluka, an FIR was registered at the Sahakarnagar police station. Later, the case was transferred to Shirur police station under Pune rural police for investigation as the crime began in their jurisdiction.
The arrested persons have been identified as Anil Laxman Hagwane (33) of Dhankawadi, Kiran Sopan Bhilare (35) of Bhilarewadi near Katraj, Vishal Anil Jagtap (22) of Katraj, Sandeep Chandrakant Pokharkar (24) of Dhankawadi, Abhijit Dattatraya Deshmukh (29) of Bibwewadi, constable Manoj Dnyaneshwar Bhargude (32) of Ambegaon Pathar. Their accomplice Ranjit alias Bapu Paygude is wanted.
According to police, the complainant had taken Rs 15 lakh loan from accused Hagwane and Rs 9 lakh from Bhilare at 10 per cent interest rate in 2018. However, due to the loss in the sand business, he could not pay the loan amount and interest. When the complainant went out of town, the accused started harassing his family members.
Police said that when the complainant returned to his village, the accused went there on December 17 and brought him to Pune in a car. They confined him in a tin shed on the premises of Shankar Maharaj Math in Dhankawadi. They demanded Rs 50 lakh or to hand over 5-acre farmland. Constable Manoj Bhargude, who is posted with the police headquarters in Shivajinagar, beat him and asked him to settle the case. The accused had called his sister and cousin brother to get the money or documents of the land.
Meanwhile, policemen Ramesh Choudhar and Amar Pawar of the anti-extortion cell came to know that the accused had detained youth in the Balajinagar area for not being able to pay interest money. Accordingly, a team led by Assistant Police Inspector Sandeep Buwa rushed to the spot and rescued the complainant. The six accused were detained and handed over to Shirur police for further investigation, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Srinivas Ghadge.
The action was taken under the guidance of Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Ravindra Shiswe, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ramnath Pokale, DCP Ghadge and ACP Gajanan Tompe.
The team included APU Buwa, Police Sub-Inspector Vikas Jadhav and police personnel Yashwant Ombase, Ravindra Phulpagare, Nitin Kamble, Gajanan Sonwalkar, Amar Pawar and Ramesh Choudhar.