Srinagar: Police has arrested two cops for abducting and looting two non-local officials of a leading telecom company here last week.
On Friday last, Swarup Gupta, of New Delhi, and Ram Prasad, of Rajasthan, both networking officials of a leading cellular company, were travelling in an auto rickshaw when two men, one of them in khaki, and carrying assault rifles intercepted them near Regal Chowk. The gunmen forced the duo to board a Santro (JKO2AF-1836) and took them to an ATM of HDFC Bank at Munawarabad.
“On gunpoint, the duo was forced to withdraw an amount of Rs 37,000. The gunmen grabbed the money and fled from the spot,” official sources told Kashmir Reader on Monday.
Next day, the two non-locals visited police station Kothi Bagh and filed a complaint. Acting on the complaint, police started investigations.
“Police achieved a major breakthrough after analysing the CCTV footage that identified the two as cops,” the sources said. “On Sunday, police noticed the Santro car, which was used in the crime, near Polo View. The cops grabbed the car driver, who was later identified Raja Altaf, a head constable (belt no. 809/11 Security), in the Security Wing of the police,” the sources said.
Altaf was earlier posted with former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Crime, Raja Ejaz Ali and is said to be the latter’s relative as well. After sustained questioning, Altaf revealed that he committed the crime in association with a selection grade constable Mushtaq Khan, the sources said.
“The money looted on the gunpoint has been recovered. Besides, the car used in the crime is also under scanner,” they said.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a handout here said the “alleged” robbery case was solved within two days by arresting the two policemen and recovering the extorted money from their possession.
“A case (FIR no. 14/2014 under section 392 RPC) has been registered against the duo. Further investigations are in progress,” the handout statement added.