GRP men continue to extort money over porn

Pune: Government Railway Police (GRP) personnels at the Pune Railway station, have been often been accused of extorting money from youth on the pretext of checking their cellphones for pornographic movies and obscene pictures. Despite a high level probe being conducted into the issue the misconduct by officials still continues.

Sakal reporter Mangesh Kolapkar took a stroll on the platforms of Pune Railway Station and found plainclothes policemen engaging in broad daylight extortion in the name of checking bags. Several commuters were issued threats of being charged, after pornographic materials were found from their phone.
The policemen even put the extortionist to shame by taking wallets of two victims who were found in possession of pornographic clips. After taking the cash from their wallets, the policemen settled the issue and let them go. But four of their colleagues were withheld and were later subjected to the same ordeal.
It may be recalled that GRP policemen had manhandled two techies and a student, forcibly searched their laptops and mobiles for porn at Pune railway station. Following an outcry over the incident, senior GRP officials went into a trouble shooting mode and publicly admitted the highhandedness of the policemen. They also made a statement that carrying porn in one’s device did not amount to an offence.

Earlier Case

Four constables attached to the office of a senior Mumbai police officer were dismissed from the service on charges of extorting money. Two were police drivers while the other two were wireless operators. The police invoked provisions of article 311 (Dismissal, removal or reduction in rank of persons employed in civil capacities under the Union or a State) of the Constitution

Railway Protection Force also is allegedly involved in aiding their colleagues in extorting the youths. On an average, daily, fifteen incidents of mobile checking take place and these men make thousands of rupees illegally.

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