Punjab: Fake cops, journalist demand Rs 3 lakh from doctor, arrested for extortion
Ludhiana: A city-based doctor was recently extorted by a group of four impersonators who identified themselves as cops and journalists and demanded Rs 3 lakh from the medical practitioner by threatening him of a police case and falsely accusing him of negligence in treatment that led to the deteriorating condition of one of his patients.
Though the doctor gave Rs 10000 to the fake police, later the two of the fake cops were arrested soon after he moved a complaint with the Moti Nagar police, while, the hunt for nabbing the rest of them is on.
According to a recent media report by The Tribune, the accused have been identified as Manpreet Singh of GTB Nagar, Dharminder Singh of Kuldeep Nagar, Kaka, and Gagan of Subhas Nagar. Among these, Manpreet and Dharminder have been arrested by the police.
The doctor, who runs a clinic in the city was framed by the accused who posed as cops, while one of them was a journalist.
As per the complainant, a Swift Dzire car stopped outside his clinic on December 9 when the doctor was treating the patients. As described by the complainant doctor, four persons entered the clinic. Among them, one was wearing a police uniform along with a turban and introduced himself as Manpreet. Dharminder, on the other hand, was carrying a 'press identity card' of some local newspaper and claimed to be a journalist.
They told the doctor that the condition of one of his patients was deteriorating and was shifted to Apollo hospital. They falsely accused the doctor of his negligence in treatment and threatened him with a police case. They further asked for Rs. 2 to Rs. 3 lakh for settlement.
The doctor gave them Rs 10000 and asked for a day's time to give the rest of the amount. However, the doctor later sensed suspicion and moved a complaint with the cops.
Speaking to the Tribune, the complainant said, "Fearing police action, I gave them Rs10,000 and told them to collect the remaining amount a day after. Later suspecting them to be fake, I approached the police and sought action against them".