A gang of extortionists that trapped property dealers and businessmen using women and shot intimate videos to extort money has been busted, police said on Monday.
One member of the gang, a small-time financer who suffered losses in his business, was arrested on Sunday from southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh by the special cell .
Police said the gang had extorted money to the tune of around Rs 80 lakh from four businessmen in the last three years. All the four cases were registered at different police stations.
“The female member of the gang would call a potential victim, preferably a well-to-do property dealer, and befriend him on the pretext of selling a flat. She would convince him to come to the flat to see its condition and fix the deal. While the woman would engage him in a conversation, the male members of the gang would arrive and overpower the victim. They would drug him and shoot intimate videos with the woman,” said a senior police officer.
“They would later show him the video and blackmail him,” the officer said.
Police said the gang even posed as crime branch officers in a couple of cases. When a few victims resisted, the female members threatened to implicate them in a false rape case.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP (special cell), said gang member Arvind Kadyan, who has been arrested, is a close associate of habitual extortionist Sandeep alias Rinku of west Delhi’s Nangloi.
Kadyan was arrested following investigation into a kidnapping case registered at the Uttam Nagar police station.
The gang had extorted R40 lakh from Mahender Yadav, a property dealer who was honey-trapped by a woman in December 2015, said the DCP. They demanded R50lakh but Yadav’s family could arrange only R40 lakh.
“They forced him to tell his family that he was in Haridwar for a business deal and wanted R50 lakh for the deal,” the DCP said.
They filmed intimate videos of Yadav with the woman and threatened to circulate it if he reported the matter to the police. Yadav approached the police after he was released by his abductors.
Efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang.