3 held for extortion

Police arrested three persons, including a woman, for posing as National Crime Investigation Bureau (NCIB) sleuths and extorting a spa owner.

The arrested have been identified as Srinivas (36), a resident of Nayandahalli, Ravikumar (24), a resident of Banashankari, and Gowramma, a resident of Byatarayanapura in her mid-30s.

The trio barged into the salon opposite Specialist Hospital on 80-feet Road in Banaswadi around 4 pm on Friday. They claimed that they were from the NCIB and told the staff that they had received information that the staff indulged in prostitution.

They began filming the staff and the clients and demanded money from the salon owner. They threatened him that if the owner did not pay up, they would leak the footage to the media and expose them. The salon staff informed the jurisdictional police, who arrived at the spot and nabbed the trio.

The trio defended themselves, saying they were social activists and were there to close down the spa, operating as a prostitution den. Police arrested the trio and booked them on extortion charges.

Former CISF cop held

A former sub-inspector attached to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and his two brothers were arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths for their involvement in highway robberies and extortion after 16 years. The suspect Chandrashekhar alias Challaghatta Chandra, a resident of Dollars Colony, was caught with his brothers Manjunatha and Ashok Kumar on Friday. The suspects had earlier been arrested and sent to jail by HAL police and Electronics City police in connection with robberies and extortion. However, soon after coming out on bail, the three jumped bail and were on the run since then.

Chandrashekhar, who served as a sub-inspector in CISF, New Delhi, was terminated from service for availing medical leaves by forging medical documents. During his leave, he used to commit robbery and extortion. After losing the job, Chandrashekhar and his brothers were engaged in criminal activities.

Earlier, a court had also termed him a proclaimed offender. CCB sleuths, who got a tip-off about Chandrashekhar, arrested him on Friday.

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