FB extortion racket: Woman calls man for a date, extorts Rs 1 lakh and valuables

Updated: 23 September, 2020 13:21 IST | IANS | Hapur (Uttar Pradesh)

The gang demanded Rs 5 lakh for not pressing false rape charges against the victim.

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An extortion racket run in Uttar Pradesh that threatened people would be framed in false rape cases if they did not cough up money, has been unearthed in Hapur district. A man and a woman named Sangeeta (also known as Guddi), have been arrested following a complaint by one of their victims. Two suspects, Tania and Harkesh, are on the run, the police said. According to reports, a man recently got acquainted with a woman named 'Mahi Rana', on Facebook. After days of online chats, the two agreed to meet on September 15 at a place selected by the woman.

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Upon reaching the place, the man realised that it was a trap. Four people, including two women, were waiting for him. The gang demanded Rs 5 lakh for not pressing false rape charges against the victim. He panicked and ended up paying Rs 1 lakh in cash, a gold chain and a ring. However, the extortion did not stop.

Finally, he approached the police and two of the gang members were arrested.

A senior police official, while refusing to divulge further details, said, "We believe that there is a larger gang involved and we do not want to let out details at this juncture."

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First Published: 23 September, 2020 13:01 IST

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