Thane police arrest woman for posing as cop, extorting money
Thane police have arrested a 33-year-old woman for allegedly posing as a police personnel and extorting money from another woman.
According to officials, the accused Aparna Manohar Mohare posed as a policewoman and contacted the 20-year-old victim in Mumbra last Wednesday.
She told the victim that an offense of kidnapping and theft was registered against the latter at the Kalyan police station and allegedly demanded Rs 7 lakh from her to save her from being arrested.
The accused finally settled the deal at Rs 1 lakh and took Rs 10,000 initially from a relative of the victim, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.
After the victim filed a complaint, police arrested Mohare from Shiravane village in Navi Mumbai yesterday. Meanwhile, a search for the woman’s associate, who used to accompany her, is underway.
The accused has been booked under sections 389 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating), 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
In a similar incident last week, Thane police had arrested five persons, including two women, for posing as police personnel and trying to extort money from doctor Nadeem Baig.
The accused visited the Baig’s clinic in Mumbra and demanded Rs 2 lakh from the doctor by threatening to expose him over an MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) kit allegedly found in the clinic.
The doctor later invited the impersonators to a restaurant in Koparkhairane under the guise of paying them. He trapped all five with the help of his colleagues and handed them over to Shil Daighar police, where they were booked for extortion.