The Fazilka police have busted a gang, including women, that used to allegedly dupe people by threatening them to implicate them in fake molestation and rape cases at Abohar, a subdivision of Fazilka district.
The women of the gang would trap people through mobile conversation and invite them to their place and, after clicking photographs with them, would blackmail them and extract money from them.
Three employees of Talwandi Sabo tehsil office, who had been thus trapped, came to meet women of the gang at Dharam Nagri on Sunday.
When they were with the women, the accomplices of women clicked their photographs. Later on, the trio were threatened to pay ` 5 lakh or face a molestation case. Then, a deal for ` 1.50 lakh was struck and the three managed to arrange money and gave the same to the women and their accomplices. Till the nonpayment of the amount, the trio were kept hostage in the house.
Later on, a victim reported the matter to Fazilka police. The police conducted a raid and nabbed the accused.
Swapan Sharma, SSP, Fazilka, said the accused used to trap men through mobile conversation and after a few days of introduction, men were invited home. The police have booked Neetu, Kamla, Jasvir Kaur, Paramjit Kaur, Gurbaksh, Sarabjit, Rajkumar and Sandeep. Sarabjit, Jasbir and Paramjit had been arrested.