The Delhi Police have arrested three men for allegedly extorting money from people by threatening to frame them under false rape cases. The arrests were made from northeast Delhi.
Monu Panchal, 26), Harish Kumar, 26, and Pawan Kumar Sharma, 42, pretended to be part-time job employers and called job-seekers to their residence on the pretext of interviews.
They introduced the applicants to women and trapped them. They then clicked intimate photographs and extorted money by threatening to frame them in rape cases. They even threatened to put their nude photos online.
The incident came to light when Avdhesh Kumar lodged a complaint on October 22 at the Seemapuri police station. He told the police that a group of extortionists lured him with a part-time job and later threatened him.
“Kumar said he was asked to reach the main gate of GTB hospital on October 22. He met Panchal who took him to his flat in block J of Dilshad Colony. A woman was sitting in one of the rooms. He was taken to another room and asked to pay R 2,000 for registration. Later, two men entered the room and told him that it was a police raid,” a senior police officer said.
He was forced to give his contact details and asked to remove his clothes. The three men clicked his nude pictures and took his wrist watch, gold ring and four ATM cards. He was then asked to share his ATM card details upon which the men withdrew R 22,500 from three cards.
“Kumar complained that he was asked to pay R 5 lakh or face rape charges. Kumar was told that his pictures with the women will be leaked,” police said.
A case under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 384 (punishment for extortion) and 389 (putting person in fear of acquisition of offence) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered.
“During interrogation, three more names came out. The names can’t be disclosed at this stage as they are to be arrested. Further investigation is on,” said DCP (northeast) Ajit Kumar Singla.