￭ Had sought bribe from headmaster
An impostor projecting himself as education officer, and his accomplice, were arrested for seeking a bribe of Rs 1,600 from a school headmaster in the city, last night.
The main accused has been identified as Mukund Laxman Jadhav (42, Devanagari), while his accomplice is Sunil Eknath Bagul (Ramanagar). According to details, Jadhav called up the landline number of Vishwakarma Vidya Mandir situated at Akashwani Chowk introducing himself as Chavan, the education officer, and spoke to the headmaster Baburao Ananda Rahate. Jadhav straightforwardly raised a demand for money and issued threats as well. The first call was made on Wednesday.
During the telephonic conversation, the accused obtained the mobile phone number of the HM and made repeated calls on Thursday. Confirming that education officer was not calling him, harassed Rahate approached the Mukundwadi police station and lodged a complaint against the caller on Thursday.
A case was registered and investigating officer PSI Mahesh Andhale laid a trap near the Sumananjali Hospital, where Jadhav was called for collecting the money, on Thursday evening. The smart accused did not risk going to the spot personally and sent Bagul, who was caught by the cops in plainclothes. Acting on the information provided by Bagul, police arrested the mastermind Jadhav, a few hours later.
The police team included Sudhakar Misal, Laxmikant Bansod, R D Jadhav and Dattatraya Gadekar. The duo was remanded in police custody till Monday when presented before the magistrate concerned.