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‘Friendship club’ gang busted

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested two persons from west Delhi’s Vishnu Garden area on Sunday.

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2010 00:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested two persons from west Delhi’s Vishnu Garden area on Sunday.

Police said the duo, part of a gang, used to cheat people in the guise of a ‘friendship club’.

The arrests came following a joint investigation by the Delhi Police and Andhra Pradesh Police, into the suicide of an Indian Navy Officer's son, who hailed from Vishakhapatnam.

“Based predominantly in south India, the gang used to operate like a BPO,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team requesting anonymity.

According to police, the gang, headed by Subhash Chadha and his associate Sarabjit, advertised their friendship club in Vishakhapatnam newspapers.

“They had purchased mobile connections using fake documents from Vishakhapatnam and roped in girls from Tilak Nagar area to take calls from customers,” the officer said.

Police said Chadha would dupe callers into depositing money into his account on the pretext of getting themselves registered with his club and charge a monthly fee thereon.

“The ads claimed to provide phone numbers of girls of different ages and from different backgrounds, depending on the preference of the caller.”

Once hooked to the service, Chadha would reportedly

blackmail them by claiming that he would hand over tapes of ‘revealing’, candid conversations between the victim and his girls to their families or the police, if they did not deposit more money into his account, police said.

The operation was unearthed during the Andhra Pradesh Police's investigations into the suicide of the 19-year-old son of an Indian Navy Officer.

“The gang had pushed Jitendra Kumar, son of an Indian Navy officer to suicide after he got entangled in its web. We unearthed the scam while scrutinising Kumar’s call details,” the officer said.

According to police, various phone numbers active in NCR were among the most called on Kumar's phone call list.

“The Andhra Police contacted us with this information and we were able to trace and arrest Chadha and his associate soon after,” the officer added.

First Published: Jun 21, 2010 00:56 IST