Honey-trap bid lands 3 cops, 2 women in police net

Honey-trap bid lands 3 cops, 2 women in police net

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-04-21 22:33 Bengaluru: Three policemen along with two women were arrested by Central Crime Branch (CCB) GB sleuths on Thursday on charges of running a honey-trap racket and threatening and blackmailing a real estate businessman after photographing and videographing him in a compromising position with a woman. The CCB police said the arrested are Yatish alias Mohammed Illyas and Basavaraj Mathapathi, both police constables at Sanjay Nagar police station, Vijay Kumar, police constable at Peenya police station, Yasmin Taj alias Nisha and Christina alias Tina. Police have also seized seven mobile phones, three police identity cards and a cheque leaf belonging to the victim. According to the police, the complainant, RV Venkatappa, a real estate businessman, who is also a retired Tahashildar, approached Kodigehalli police on April 17 and lodged a complaint. Venkatappa told police that he was honey-trapped by two men and a woman. Venkatappa said a woman approached him to discuss about selling a piece of land, and he was invited to an apartment in Sahakaranagar for a discussion. As he reached the room, the woman on the pretext of searching for papers got busy when two men in police uniform entered the room and forced Venkatappa to remove his shirts and clicked photographs. As per the complainant, they even forced him to pose with the woman in compromising position and took photographs. A shocked Venkatappa tried to reason the men in khaki. But they allegedly told that they are from CCB and accused Venkatappa of running a flesh trade and demanded Venkatappa to accompany them to the police station for interrogation. However, as per plan, the woman, on the pretext of trying to salve the situation, struck a deal with her associates and asked Venkatappa to settle the case on the spot by paying Rs 2 lakh. Trapped in the web of lies, Venkatappa agreed to pay up. He paid Rs 25,000 on the spot, and issued a cheque for rest of the money. However, uneasy about the whole episode, Venkatappa approached the police. The case was transferred to CCB, as the blackmailers claimed to be from CCB. Based on call record data and the information received from the victim, the CCB sleuths  laid a trap and arrested the accused when they came to collect the amount. During interrogation, they revealed that they used to target rich people and take them to apartments in various places and click pictures of them being in compromising position with women and threaten them to pay money failing which they would publish the photographs and send it to their family members. It is suspected that more people are involved in the racket and have cheated several people in similar fashion. "The constables told that they wanted to make a quick buck and got into the racket. Also they assumed that they could get away as they are serving in police department," a senior police officer said. A case been registered in Kodigehalli police station and investigation is on.