Three Bengaluru police constables and two women have been arrested for allegedly running an extortion racket, which used to dupe people of money to the tune of lakhs of rupees after honey trapping them.
On Thursday, City Crime Branch officials acting on the complaint filed by a realtor, named Venkatappa, arrested the accused, who have been remanded to police custody.
The accused, Yatish alias Mohammed Illyas and Basavaraj Mathapathi, both con stables at Sanjaynagar police station; Vijay Kumar, constable at Peenya police station; Yasmin Taj alias Nisha and Christina alias Tina are in police custody, reported The Times of India.
CCB officials said two women who were part of the racket used to take realtors and rich people on the pretext of wanting to discuss a property issue to a flat and force them to disrobe.
According to The Times of India, one of the accused woman approached Venkatappa to sell a piece of apartment land in Sahakaranagar area in Bengaluru. Two men calling themselves CCB sleuths barged into the room. After forcing Venkatappa to pose shirtless with the woman, they took photographs and a video. Thereafter, the men accused the realtor of running a prostitution racket.
The woman, who pretended to be the customer asked Venkatappa to pay the cops and somehow get her out of this. Following this, Venkatappa allegedly paid Rs 25,000 in cash and handed a cheque of Rs 1.75 lakh to the cops, reported TOI.
Venkatappa realised there was something amiss and filed a complaint at Kodigehalli police station on April 17.
The case was later transferred to the CCB on April 19, who tracked the culprits down based on call records.
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