The Gurugram Police arrested 4 members of a gang from Sector 40 on Sunday evening for allegedly duping not less than 300 individuals by way of a cellular relationship app for the LGBTQ group by taking inappropriate pictures and blackmailing them to pay big sums of cash.
The police mentioned they’d arrested the mastermind earlier this month and had been monitoring actions of 4 others, who had been based mostly in Delhi. The 4 members had been on approach to meet one other sufferer on MG Street on Sunday, once they had been nabbed, mentioned senior officers and investigators related to the case.
The suspects had been recognized as Sunder Kumar alias Sagar, Pushp Kumar alias Piyush, Vinod Messy alias Kake and Rahul Kumar alias Pehalwan staying in numerous components of Delhi. The police recovered cellphones and money from their possession. The alleged mastermind on this case, Jaswinder Singh, aged 23, a resident of Faridabad was arrested earlier.
The police mentioned Rahul is a health club coach and an aspiring mannequin, Vinod is a cab driver, and Sunder and Pushp are mechanics, who additionally deal in automobile equipment close to Nizamuddin. Additionally they labored as part-time cab drivers.
Earlier, in February, HT reported that town police had busted one other related racket. No less than 50 senior executives — together with CEOs — of firms based mostly within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR) had been among the many 150 individuals who fell sufferer to the members of that gang over the previous three months. In an identical modus operandi, the gang members befriended victims on a well-liked LGBTQ relationship app and blackmailed them with intimate photos.
The most recent gang was busted after a preliminary inquiry was made right into a snatching criticism by a 24-year-old government, who didn’t reveal the precise method through which he was duped out of worry of stigma. When the police investigated the matter, it was discovered that the manager was cheated by the gang members, who befriended him on the relationship app in June this 12 months.
Preet Pal Sangwan, assistant commissioner of police (crime), mentioned that the sufferer cooked up a narrative and tried to mislead police, following which investigation was carried out. “We arrested one of many suspects from Faridabad, who spilled the beans and revealed that he is part of a five-member gang, which had duped a number of individuals in Delhi-NCR over the previous 12 months for lakhs after befriending them on the relationship app,” he mentioned.
The probe revealed that the gang had made their profiles on the relationship app and used to maneuver round of their vehicles. They used to go collectively to fulfill the victims and supplied them sexual providers. “They used to cost anyplace between ₹10,000 and ₹15,000 from the victims and one in all them used to document the act. Later they used to blackmail the sufferer and extort cash,” mentioned Sangwan.
They used to repair up a gathering after getting pleasant with the victims and as soon as they gained their confidence and sufferer assured them that their identities will probably be stored secure, they used to fulfill them at a spot agreed upon mutually.
“Within the latest case, the manager known as one of many gang members to Sohna Street in a business advanced and finalised a deal for ₹11,000. Later, when the sufferer met the opposite gang members, he modified his thoughts and requested for providers from one other gang member who requested him to pay ₹15,000. The sufferer took him to a males’s washroom within the advanced. Later when the suspect demanded the cash, sufferer tried to barter, which led to a tiff. The gang members snatched his cell phone and compelled him to withdraw almost ₹35,000 from an ATM kiosk,” mentioned Sangwan.
The police mentioned the gang members used their authentic photos on the relationship websites and talked about their authentic cellular numbers, which helped police to determine and nab them.
The police mentioned the gang used business complexes within the metropolis in the course of the lockdown to fulfill victims. Typically, additionally they met in one in all their vehicles or used the empty workplace areas, making the most of the lockdown.
Police commissioner KK Rao mentioned that they’ve arrested all of the members concerned within the case and have written to the relationship app firm to make sure that all app customers are verified earlier than their profiles are uploaded. “We’ve got acquired just one criticism just lately as individuals normally don’t reveal such incidents out of worry of stigma. I wish to attraction to residents to method us if such incidents happen. We are going to hold their names and credentials secret and strict motion will probably be taken towards the suspects. Additionally, individuals must be cautious whereas utilizing these on-line relationship purposes,” he mentioned.