The Tirupur police on Thursday arrested three fake CB-CID cops for extracting Rs 3 lakh from a grocery shop owner.
They then tried to strike a compromise by asking Rs 5 lakh to avoid filing a case against him. Fearing arrest, Choudhary agreed to give Rs 3.5 lakh. He initially gave them Rs 3 lakh at Anuperpalayam junction on Avinashi Road. However, the fake cops continued to pester him seeking the remaining amount.
On suspicion, Choudhary lodged a complaint with Anuperpalayam police, who registered a case and decided to trap the fake cops. “As planned, Choudhary asked the culprits over phone to come and get the remaining money.
On Wednesday night, when three members of the gang came to Anuperpalayam junction to receive the money, a police team, who were waiting in hiding, nabbed them red-handed,” the police said.
The accused persons were identified as Syed Ibrahim, 44, Muhammed Hanifa, 44, and Sadiq Ali, 42, all hailing from different areas in Tirupur district. Based on their information, a search is on for three others identified as Babu, Rahmadulla and Ashraf.
Further investigations are on to know if they had extracted money from any others by using a similar modus operandi.