Techie lured into ‘gay trap,’ robbed

THE HANS INDIA |   Jul 17,2017 , 02:58 AM IST
   


Joint Commissioner of Police D Nagendra Kumar producing the accused in the case of blackmailing of a techie before the media in Visakhapatnam on Sunday
Joint Commissioner of Police D Nagendra Kumar producing the accused in the case of blackmailing of a techie before the media in Visakhapatnam on Sunday
Joint Commissioner of Police D Nagendra Kumar producing the accused in the case of blackmailing of a techie before the media in Visakhapatnam on Sunday

 Visakhapatnam: Five youngsters claiming to be members of a gay club were arrested by the police for black mailing and extorting money from a youth who wanted to join them for pleasure. The arrests took place on Sunday.

The arrested were identified as Mukkala Aditya (20), Ameeruddin Khan (26), P Arun Kumar (25), U Raviraj (19) and D Jitesh (21). Briefing the media, joint commissioner of police D Nagendra Kumar said Rama (name changed due to anonymity), an employee of a private company and residing in MVP Colony, joined a new Facebook page ‘Vizag male to male-Vizag boys only’’ in June this year. The accused claimed that their membership was 2,300. 

Rama (name changed due to anonymity) became friendly with the main accused Mukkala Aditya and began chatting with him on Facebook.He later asked Aditya if they could meet in person to which he immediately agreed. But Aditya, along with his four friends, hatched a plan to rob him. On July 12, Aditya told Rama (name changed due to anonymity) that four of his friends wanted to join them. Soon, all the five reached Rama’s(name changed due to anonymity) residence, a paying guest accommodation in MVP Colony.

Raviraj, one of the accused, went inside the room with Rama (name changed due to anonymity). After he disrobed, the other four, including Aditya who stood outside the room, barged into the room and captured nude videos of Rama (name changed due to anonymity). 

Then posing as task force police personnel, they threatened Rama (name changed due to anonymity) that they would reveal the incident to the public. Rama (name changed due to anonymity) out of panic, informed them that he had an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh in his bank account and was ready to part with some money to close the issue. 

Then Ameeruddin collected his phone and employee ID card. Later, they went to Bank of Baroda ATM Centre located at MVP Colony Circle. Aditya along with Rama (name changed due to anonymity) and Ameer went into ATM centre and withdrew Rs 1 lakh. On the same night, Ameeruddin used the mobile phone of Rama (name changed due to anonymity) and transferred an amount of Rs 630 to his PayTM account from the account of the complainant. The following day at 8.30 am, Aditya and Ameer went to MVP Colony and took Rama (name changed due to anonymity) to ICICI Bank ATM centre and withdrew another Rs 1 lakh from his account. 

Later, they returned the mobile phone, ID card and ATM card to Rama (name changed due to anonymity). The arrested persons shared the amount among them. Aditya and Ameeruddin got Rs 75,000 each,  Arun Kumar Rs 35,000, Raviraj and Jitesh Rs 10,000 each.

  These accused earlier committed similar offences in Gajuwaka, Gopalapatnam and PM Palem, the joint commissioner said. A case was registered by the MVP Colony police under Sections 419,506,384 read with 34 IPC and 66 C of  IT Act for extortion and blackmailing.  The accused were sent to Cyber Cell for further investigation.
 

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