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Afghan held for raping, extorting $86,000 from American living in Delhi

delhi Updated: Feb 09, 2017 08:53 IST
Shiv Sunny
Rape capital

Hameedullah, 36, threatened to throw acid on the American businesswoman. He was was arrested near Hyatt Hotel in south Delhi’s RK Puram on Friday.(File Photo)

An Afghan man living in Delhi-NCR has been arrested for allegedly raping a 33-year-old American businesswoman, extorting $86,000 from her by threatening to link her to terror activities and threatening to attack her with acid.

The woman worked with the United Nations (UN) for a while before starting her own business in Delhi. She had approached senior officers of Delhi Police with her complaint earlier this week after which the crime branch began probing her allegations.

Based on the information provided by the victim, the 36-year-old accused, Hameedullah, was arrested near Hyatt Hotel in south Delhi’s RK Puram on Friday. An Audi A3 car in which the victim was raped was among several belongings seized from him.

An Audi A3 car in which the victim was raped was among several belongings seized from him.

Hameedullah had allegedly duped several women by befriending them on social media by presenting a fake identity, said Ravindra Yadav, Joint CP (crime). The US woman has told the police that there were over 15 more women like her who were Hameedullah victims.

The American woman had come in contact with Hameedullah on Facebook last year. Posing as MK Fahim, he won the woman’s trust in no time and was able to convince her to meet him.

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As time went by, Hameedullah allegedly established physical relations with her by promising marriage. He even went on to produce fake marriage documents to convince her that they were lawfully wedded.

He would allegedly record her in their intimate moments and regularly persuade her to part with her money, said the Joint CP. The woman gave him $86,000 in total, all of which was transferred to accounts in Afghanistan using Western Union Money Transfer. The money would reach him in India sometime later through various channels.

It was last month that the woman learnt from common friends that Hameedullah had been faking his identity. When she Googled him, she found he had been listed as a scammer in one of the many websites which warns people about such characters.

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When the woman confronted him, Hameedullah allegedly threatened to inform the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that the money she was sending to Afghanistan was actually being transferred to terrorists in Kabul. “The victim was initially terrified as she believed his false threats,” said an investigator.

Encouraged by the woman’s fears, Hameedullah allegedly went on to threaten her to upload her intimate pictures and videos on the internet. She was also threatened with an acid attack after which she decided to approach the police.

Meanwhile, the accused was interrogated to learn that he had visited India in July 2011 on a tourist visa that was later converted to a medical visa. During his stay in Delhi and Noida, he allegedly learnt how to trap women through social media and cheat them of their money.

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“He possesses excellent communication skills and has command over several languages. He has made Facebook profiles with different names and approaches women with friend requests before winning their trust,” said Yadav.

Holding an Afghan passport, Hameedullah had been alternating between Karol Bagh and Noida soon after arriving in India.