Pune: The police on Saturday arrested two persons, including a woman, and booked five others on the charge of posing as crime branch officers and abducting the accountant of a private hospital for demanding extortion of Rs 30 lakh since March 3 this year.
The accountant Mandar Mandke in his FIR said the suspects had visited him on March 3 at the hospital and accused him of fraud. They told him that they had come to conduct an inquiry. The suspects then took him out of the hospital, forced him to sit in an autorickshaw and assaulted him. They drove him to various places and demanded extortion of Rs 30 lakh to ‘settle the matter’ and threatened to send him to jail if their demand was not met.
The FIR read that the suspects forced him to use his debit card to withdraw Rs 78,500 from various ATMs and released him. They later started calling him demand money and threatened to register an FIR against him.
Assistant inspector Rajesh Usgaonkar of the Bibvewadi police station said, “Mandke was so afraid that he did not report for duty to the hospital. He later realized that the suspects were not crime branch officers. After his family counselled him, he registered an FIR.”