Mumbai: Cop molests woman, tries to extort money from her and boyfriend

The constable has allegedly been extorting money from couples at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park for months by threatening to arrest them and tell their parents about their ‘vulgar acts’; on Tuesday, he stooped even lower, and landed in jail

In yet another stain on khaki, a constable has been arrested for molesting a woman in Sanjay Gandhi National Park and trying to extort money from her and her boyfriend.

What’s worse, the constable had allegedly been caught twice while trying to get couples to cough up money in the national park which is not even in his jurisdiction but had been let off with warnings both times.

Looking for privacy
According to an official from Borivli’s Kasturba Marg police station, the 27-year-old woman and her boyfriend, who is also of the same age, had gone to Sanjay Gandhi National Park around 6 pm on Tuesday, looking for some privacy.

They had begun getting intimate when Constable Prasad Dalvi (28), who is attached with the D N Nagar police station in Andheri, spotted them. He approached the couple and threatened to inform their parents and arrest them for indulging in “vulgar acts” unless they gave him money.

Taking advantage of the fact that no one else was around, Dalvi allegedly also molested the woman. Her boyfriend then raised an alarm and his shouts were heard by an assistant police inspector from Kasturba Marg police station, who was patrolling the area.

The couple and Dalvi were taken to the Kasturba Marg police station. Dalvi was arrested and a case was registered against Sections 354 (A) (sexual harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

Repeat offender
According to officials from the Kasturba Marg police, Dalvi, who is a resident of Borivli, has been targeting couples at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park for months.

“The national park is not under the D N Nagar police’s jurisdiction and we had warned Dalvi twice after we caught him harassing couples. He did not stop his activities, however, and kept extorting money from the hapless youngsters,” said an official.

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