May 6, 2016 3:19:31 am
Police have arrested three men, including two engineers from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, for allegedly blackmailing a Gurgaon-based doctor by threatening to upload her pictures and contact details on a porn website. The accused allegedly extorted Rs 3.1 lakh from the doctor and were asking her for more, said police.
The doctor had come across one of the accused, Shaktidatta Samal, on a matrimonial website, said police. Samal, who is a software engineer, had posed as a vice-president of IT company Oracle and given his name on the site as Shakti Arora, police added.
Apart from Samal, the other accused held in the case were identified as Sourav Prakash Nayak and Gautam Maharana, said Hawa Singh, ACP, Gurgaon, Thursday. Bhubaneswar police said Nayak is also an engineer.
In her complaint to Gurgaon police on May 3, the doctor said she had accepted a request from a profile on the matrimonial site with the name of Shakti Arora. She alleged the man asked her to send some of her pictures to show to his family.
“We started talking over the matrimonial website and become more than friends, as I was already looking for a perfect match for a marital relationship,” she stated in her complaint.
They started discussing marriage and as their relationship grew, they shared private pictures, said sources. Soon, Samal started extorting money from her, sources added.
Following her complaint, a case was registered at the women’s police station in Gurgaon sector 51. Gurgaon Police cyber cell started to track the location of the accused and the information was passed on to Bhubaneswar Police. A Gurgaon Police team reached the Odisha capital Wednesday and conducted raids with the special squad of Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police to nab the accused.
Samal and the other accused worked as a team, said police. “After the arrests, Rs 1.23 lakh along with ATM cards, cheque books, mobile phones and expensive gadgets were recovered from the accused. All three were taken on transit remand after producing them in court in Bhubaneswar. Investigation are on,” said ACP Singh.
With inputs from ENS, Bhubaneswar
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