Indian Police Officers Implicated in Bitcoin Abduction, Extortion Crimes

An Indian Police department has accused 10 of its own policemen for a number of crimes including kidnapping and extortion in a scheme that involved 200 bitcoins, approx. $1.35 million in current prices.

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the west-Indian state of Gujarat has filed a preliminary FIR (First Information Report) to start proceedings of an investigation against 11 individuals including 10 policemen for allegedly kidnapping and forcing a wealthy civilian businessman, who trades bitcoin, to hand over 200 bitcoins in an extortion scheme.

According to the Hindu, the police department booked charges after receiving a complaint from Shailesh Bhatt, the victim. In it, Bhatt alleges police inspector Anant Patel and nine of his subordinate constables of using three police vehicles to abduct him, his business partner and his driver to a remote farm, detained and then beaten into transferring 200 bitcoins to the inspector. The trio f victims were released later.

Reference: https://www.ccn.com/indian-police-officers-implicated-in-bitcoin-abduction-extortion-crimes/

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