Gang of 5 pose as sex worker, CBI officials, cheat gym trainer of ₹50,000 in Mumbai
Two men were arrested on Wednesday and three others are wanted for allegedly cheating a gym trainer of ₹50,000 by laying a trap and posing as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials.
The accused Vinayak Pujari, 34, and Alim Shaikh, 29, were unemployed. Through a website which helped them contact homosexual sex workers, they targeted a gym trainer, who asked for a homosexual man to be sent to his house in Andheri (West) on April 1.
One of the arrested men posed as the sex worker and went to the trainer’s house. After some time, other gang members posing as CBI officials ‘raided the house.’ “When the ‘sex worker’ was confronted by ‘CBI officials’, he said he was called by the trainer. The gang then threatened to expose the trainer. Scared, he gave them ₹50,000,” said an officer.
A few days after the cheating, the trainer approached the police. The DN Nagar police on Tuesday registered an FIR under sections 170 (personating a public servant), 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Based on technical evidence, Pujari and Shaikh were arrested.
“Usually, such victims don’t come forward because of social stigma. We strongly suspect this gang has duped two more people ,” said the officer. Senior inspector Parmeshwar Ganame said, “The accused have been remanded in police custody till May 7.”