PI Chodankar gave only Rs 10k each to constables and Rs 50k to key henchman, from Rs 7 lakh he extorted; Constables knew Anti-Burglary Squad doesn't deal with prostitution cases but couldn't say no to 'powerful' PI
Panjim: The contours of the extortion plan hatched by the PI of the anti-burglary squad, Sandesh Chodankar along with a team of five handpicked constables, clearly emerged. Chodankar, labelled "a rogue cop", by a senior police officer, who was suspended for the alleged murder of seafarer Cypriano Fernandes in police custody in Panjim, had executed the extortion plan to perfection and had even managed to distribute the money. However when four of the constables learnt that the amount extorted was Rs 7 lakhs and they received just Rs 10,000 they decided to blow the lid.
What is particularly embarrassing is that the fifth constable Shatun Shetye, the principal henchman of Chodankar who received Rs 50,000 was from the Crime Branch who conducted the investigations after the "aggrieved" constables blew the whistle.
The four whistleblower constables are attached to the Colva and Anjuna police stations. One of them, in his statement during the inquiry gave details of how Sandesh Chodankar summoned him and five others from Colva, Anjuna police stations to raid a premise. "We were told it is a prostitution raid. We knew the fact that prostitution cases are handled by the anti-burglary squad as it deals with cases of properties, thefts and related crimes. But we could not say no to him," the whistleblower told Herald.
The Ayurvedic centre, that ran its premises from Alfran Plaza without a registration name, was targetted by Chodankar. The constable said that Chodankar along with the six constables barged into the centre and threatened to raid. Fearing, the concerned person heeded to the demand of Rs 7 lakh.
Shatun Shetye was the mastermind behind the entire episode and he is the one who has brought cash of seven lakh rupees from Mapusa. Constable Shatun Shetye, who refused to co-operate with the inquiry officer and now stands suspended, was tasked with distributing the money among the constables. As stated, Shetye kept Rs 50,000 with him and distributed the rest - Rs 10,000 to each of the five. While Chodankar kept Rs 6 lakh with himself.
One whistle blower constable has admitted to Herald that he is guilty of accepting Rs 10,000 from PI Chodankar but he could not refuse since Chodankar is one of the senior PIs in the Goa police force.
"I had the guilt so I disclosed this to one of my colleagues," he said.
The PI's suspension order is yet to come even as it is learnt that police higher ups are not willing to disband the ABC, and instead want a fresh corrupt-free personnel in it.