The Investigative Department of the Indian state of Gujarat charged the abduction, extortion and corruption activities of ten police officers. According to the investigation, the suspects illegally detained the local businessman and extorted more than 200 bitcoins from him, reports the Times of India.
Among the suspects are nine constables, a local police inspector and a civilian "mediator." They are accused of kidnapping local residents of Shailes Bhatta, Kirita Paladia and a driver Mahipal. It is alleged that the police abducted them, drove them to the farm and beat them, demanding the transfer of more than 200 bitcoins - about $ 1.3 million at the current rate.
It is also notes that businessman Bhatt was forced to pay another third party to get his bitcoins back. At the same time, Chief of Police Ashish Bhatia noted that during the initial investigation there has not yet been found a fact of the transfer of 200 BTC - now law enforcement officers are studying the history of transactions.
The FIR has been filed on the basis of evidence found by the team so far. In his application, Shailesh Bhatt had mentioned the transfer of 200 Bitcoins worth Rs 12 crore from the digital wallet of his business partner, Kirit Paladiya,” Bhatia said. “Another Rs 32 crore were allegedly paid for their release from a farmhouse. Later, Rs 78.5 lakh were allegedly paid to get the Bitcoins back. All these transactions mentioned in the application could not be proven.
Chief, Gujarat Police
Currently, three of the suspected constables have been detained, six are still wanted.