Facebook fraud extortion gang that kidnapped Kerala youth busted in Delhi

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014,22:18 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang whose women used to contact people in south India through Facebook and lure them to Delhi where their fake journalist associates extorted money from them on the pretext of implicating them in a case of flesh trade. The accused identified as Aditya Sharma (26), Kulwinder Singh (22), Kulwinder’s cousin Sanjeev (28) along with a 45-year-old and a 30-year-old woman have been arrested by the staff of Central district police.
The gang came under police scanner after SHO Karol Bagh got a call on Sunday from Kerala when he was informed that Pradeesh (33), a resident of Ernakulam, Kerala, who had come to Delhi on Saturday for an interview and was staying in a hotel had been kidnapped and the kidnappers were asking for Rs 2.5 lakh as ransom for his safe release, police said. We registered a case and took up investigation. During probe it came to light that he had reached Delhi through Mangla Express on Saturday at 3 PM.
Later he informed his family members on phone that he had been kidnapped by some people and Rs 2.5 lakh are being demanded as ransom for his release, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Paramaditya. All hotels in the area were checked and it came to fore that the victim was staying in ‘First Hotel’. Meanwhile, a trap was laid for the kidnappers through the father of the victim on the pretext of delivering money to them in Meera Bagh area on Outer Ring Road.
Aditya Sharma and Kulwinder Singh were apprehended from the spot by the police team while the victim Pradeesh was also safely rescued. On sustained interrogation, the duo disclosed that one Sanjeev who is a cousin of Kulwinder Singh and three women are also involved in this crime. Sanjeev and the two women were also traced and interrogated, he said.
On questioning the 30-year-old woman told police that she had sent a friend request on the facebook profile of victim Pradeesh. She also contacted him on his mobile number and asked him to come to Delhi and also promised to facilitate a job for him. Once Pradeesh reached Delhi, the two women took him to a house at Chander Vihar, Uttam Nagar on the pretext of interview for the job.
Later, their accomplices namely Aditya Sharma, Kulwinder Singh, Sanjeev and another woman barged into the house. The group introduced themselves as Crime Reporters of different news channels. They told the victim that they had made a video of his with the women that they would make public. They threatened him either to arrange Rs 2.5 lakh if he wants the video not to be uploaded on social networking sites, he said. They also confined him in the same house and asked him to call his parents to arrange the ransom for his safe release.
The modus operandi of the gang is that they randomly used to select profile from social networking sites like Facebook etc. and contact on the mobile numbers of mainly South Indian victims. Thereafter, they used to call them to Delhi on one pretext or another and then extort money from them, he said. Further investigation is in progress. Efforts are being made to apprehend the third woman who is still absconding, he said.