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Assam CID nabs IPS officer and several other cops in extortion case

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Guwahati, Sept 05: The state crime investigation department (CID) has arrested nine others, including senior police officers, in Assam’s Bajali district after a local businessman alleged that he was being extorted by police.

Rabiul Islam, the businessman, alleged, among other things, that he was wrongfully detained by police and told to pay Rs 2.5 crore, failing which he would be killed in an encounter and his killing would be justified by concocting “links with Pakistani and Bangladeshi jihadi elements”.

Assam CID nabs IPS officer and several other cops in extortion case

In his complaint, Islam said the threats were made by a man who claimed to be an “encounter specialist”.

Sources said the policemen have now become goons by involving themselves in many criminal activities.

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The Assam Police on Monday arrested Siddhartha Buragohan, a 2014 batch IPS officer who had been Bajali Superintendent of Police before being transferred two days ago to Assam Police Headquarters.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (HQ) Pushkal Gogoi, Additional Superintendent of Police Gayatri Sonowal, her husband Subhas Chander, Sub-Inspector Debajit Giri, and constable Injamamul Hassan were also arrested.

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The three others arrested were Kishore Baruah and police drivers Nabir Ahmed and Dipjoy Kalita.

On August 31, based on a complaint by Islam, the Assam CID registered an FIR under multiple IPC sections, including those pertaining to attempted murder, causing fear of death for extortion, criminal intimidation, wrongful confinement, and criminal conspiracy.

Assam DGP G P Singh said on Friday that after police received the complaint of money being demanded by Bajali police officers, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption “was directed to lay a trap but didn’t succeed since the police officers (accused) were careful”. However, he said that the FIR was registered because the complaint was found to be “prima facie true”.

Also Read: EJH Police nab one drug trafficker, seize heroin worth Rs 2 Crore

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