Jail warders questioned for extorting money

COIMBATORE: The city police questioned two warders of Coimbatore central prison for allegedly extorting money from a 33-year-old man at Gandhipuram bus stand in the city on Monday night. The two warders posed as policemen and allegedly extorted money.

S Arunkumar (33) a native of Pollachi, was working at a computer sales centre at Singanallur in the city. On Monday night, he had gone to attend a friend’s birthday celebration. He consumed liquor at the birthday party and returned to Gandhipuram bus stand along with his friend Suresh to board a bus to Singanallur.

Two persons who were in plain cloths came to the bus stand and questioned them about their whereabouts. They introduced themselves as policemen and allegedly threatened Arunkumar, saying they would drag him to the police station since he had consumed alcohol. After the altercation, Arunkumar found that he was missing Rs500. He approached the Kattoor police who advised him to file his petition with Race course police station. Later, Arunkumar approached Race Course police and filed his complaint.

The petition was taken for inquiry by the Race Course (law & order) police. It was sent to assistant commissioner of police (crime) S Ravi who conducted an investigation with Arunkumar and two persons Rajasekar (27) and Chandra Narayanan who posed as policemen.

The duo told the police that they were working as warders at Coimbatore central prison. “After a detailed inquiry, an FIR will be registered against the warders. The investigation is on,” said a police officer.

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