Gang using dating apps to extort people busted, 3 held

  • | Monday | 18th September, 2023

GHAZIABAD: Three people, including two women, were arrested in Vasundhara on Friday, for allegedly extorting money after befriending people on dating apps. The accused would meet the target and offer them drinks laced with sedatives and once they lost consciousness, they would rob the person, and make objectionable videos to extort more money later. According to the police, the accused — Saheen Praveen (36), Deepanshi (30), and Ankit Kumar (25) — residents of Vasundhara, were nabbed after a resident of Delhi complained.The complainant met Deepanshi on Tagged, a dating app, 10 days ago. After chatting for days, Deepanshi invited him over to her house in Vasundhara on Monday. Deepanshi recorded objectionable videos of the complainant and transferred Rs 50,000 from his account through Paytm. The accused also had demanded Rs 5 lakh to delete the videos, said Swatantra Singh, ACP of Indirapuram.Police investigation revealed that Parveen, the brain behind the gang, has been operating for the last few years and has cheated hundreds of people. Robbin oversaw the accounts they used to transfer the victims money to.Talking about the gangs modus operandi, Singh explained that the accused used to create fake profiles on dating apps. Once they found a target, they would chat and exchange their contact numbers.The accused would then call the target home and offer drinks laced with sedatives. Once the target fell unconscious, Ankit and Robbin used to join Deepanshi and record objectionable videos of the victims, ACP said. The accused were booked under Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC and relevant sections of the IT Act.We also published the following articles recentlyTwo thieves use private video to extort money from bizmanTwo thieves in Lucknow used an innovative method to extort money from a private firm owner. They replaced the office CCTVs DVR with a spy camera and recorded a private video of the owner. The thieves then sent an extortion message to the owner, threatening to share the video if money was not paid. The police, investigating the theft of the DVR, arrested the two miscreants and seized their mobile phones and a DVR CD. The thieves admitted to the crime and explained their modus operandi.Former TDP MLA accuses YSRCP government of targeting Chandrababu NaiduFormer legislator Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao accused the YSRCP government of trying to keep TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu away from the public until the next assembly elections. Rao claimed that the government has prepared more cases to keep Naidu in jail and warned of serious consequences if the ruling party did not change its "dictatorial approach" towards the opposition. He also criticized the YSRCP for making false allegations against Naidu and pointed out instances where the partys own members managed to escape legal consequences. Rao stated that the people are ready to teach Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy a lesson in the upcoming elections.

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