Hyderabad: Two persons, one of them posing as a policeman, allegedly extorted Rs 50 lakh in demonetised currency notes from a man in Rajendra Nagar area in Hyderabad, police said on Wednesday.
The man from whom the money was looted is a friend of a businessman, police said. A middleman promised the complainant that he would arrange for exchange of Rs 50 lakh in old currency notes outside the banking system.
Police said that for the promised exchange, the middleman asked the complainant to take Rs 50 lakh in old currency notes in the latter's four-wheeler from Secunderabad to Attapur area last night.
On the way, two persons on a motorbike followed the four-wheeler and once it reached at an isolated place, they overtook the car and stopped it.
"They demanded from him to show the ID proof, and questioned him on the huge amount of cash he was carrying," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rajendra Nagar Division) K Ganga Reddy said.
"They further threatened him that 200 per cent penalty will be imposed on him. Besides, a case will be filed against him and asked him to give the cash bag to them and leave the place. When he resisted, the duo snatched away the bag and fled," the ACP said based on the complaint.
"One of the bike-borne persons told the victim that he is a police constable and checked the four-wheeler and took away the cash bag," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shamshabad Zone) P V Padmaja told PTI.
A case under IPC section 384 (extortion) was filed and further investigation was on to nab the accused, she said.
The DCP appealed to the citizens not to fall into the trap of such rackets which claim of changing the old currency notes with new ones outside the banking system.
"If anyone has old currency notes in high value they should directly go and deposit in banks or post offices rather than going to the middlemen...and inform the police about such activities," ACP Reddy said.