PSI booked for extortion and corruption

Panaji, July 12: A police sub inspector (PSI) here has been booked for extortion and corruption, for allegedly demanding bribe from the parents of a group of youths, whose friend had drowned in the sea during a picnic, senior police official said.

One youth had drowned off the Cabo da Rama beach, 80 kms south of Panaji, while another is still missing since Sunday. PSI Prasanna Bhagat had demanded Rs 25,000 each from the parents of the surviving youths, threatening them to file an attempt to murder case against their children.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar stated that the case of extortion and corruption has been filed against Bhagat, who is currently under suspension.

Parents of one of the youths told the investigating officer police inspector Nelson Albuquerque, that they had paid Rs 25,000 to Bhagat after he constantly threatened them.

The parents had sought the help of state panchayat minister Manohar Asgaonkar to save themselves from the PSI and Asgaonkar had reportedly spoken to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat over the issue.


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