Early in April, a Surat-based businessman was extorted out of 200 bitcoins. The reason why this made to the news was because there were policemen involved in this extortion.
Among the 12 accused, around 10 were policemen belonging to different departments. Recognizing the high-priority, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has collaborated with Special Investigation Team (SIT) and brought in Amreli Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel for questioning.
The Gujarat CID-Crime Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia said that Patel was picked up from his residence on Sunday night and brought in for questioning. He said, “Amreli SP Jagdish Patel has been detained by us for questioning. He has not been arrested yet.”
The Surat-based businessman had accused a police inspector Anant Patel of abducting him, and confining him at a farmhouse and forcing him to transfer 200 bitcoin from his mobile phone.
Following the complaint filed, and a preliminary investigation, the Gujarat police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 11 accused. One of the names in the FIR is also that of a person who acted as a fixer between the victim and the policemen.
On that occasion, Bhatia had said, “We have formed a team to probe the high profile case.” However, he had added that the team is yet to procure substantial evidence on the transaction as has been alleged by Bhatt.
Crypto-News tried contacting Bhatia for comments but he was unavailable at the time of this article going to press.
Update: In a late night update, it was announced that after hours of interrogation, Jagdish Patel was formally arrested and will be produced before a court tomorrow.
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