Politicians, senior bureaucrats and top businessmen were the main targets of a high-profile honey-trapping and blackmailing racket, which has been busted by the Madhya Pradesh Police.
Five women and a man were arrested in Indore and Bhopal for allegedly running the blackmailing racket.
The arrests have brought major revelations in the honey-trap scandal. Disclosing details of their modus operandi, the accused told police that they changed houses frequently.
After successfully trapping a wealthy’ person, the racket would change their address as soon as they received the extortion money, police said.
The accused women told police addresses were changed so that their targets are not able to trace them. Not only this, the racket made sure they rented places in posh colonies only.
The accused also told police that they chose the capital city of Bhopal to escape the public eye. Also, meeting ministers, politicians, senior officers and businessmen was easy in Bhopal, the accused claimed.
FREQUENT CHANGE OF RESIDENCE
Accused Shweta Jain (48), one of the four women arrested on Thursday, was held from Riviera Town a posh colony in Bhopal. She had reportedly rented the house owned by former state minister and BJP MLA Brijendra Pratap Singh. The minister, however, has said he had rented the house through a broker to a lady.
Brijendra Pratap Singh said he did not enquire much before finalising the deal as the woman had been living in Riviera Town for some time in another house. “I am ready to face any inquiry. I had let my house to her through a broker since September 1, that was all,” the MLA told PTI. “The broker had told me it was a good family,” he added.
Shweta told police that she shifted to Riviera Town after she was suggested to move to the posh colony.
WHAT IS THE CASE
The Madhya Pradesh Police busted a honey-trap racket after it arrested five women and a man in Indore and Bhopal.
The accused were identified as Aarti Dayal (29), Monica (18), Shweta Vijay Jain (39), Shweta Swapnial Jain (48), Barkha Soni (34) and Omprakash Kori (45).
Electronic gadgets including spy cameras, cash, mobile phones and a high-end SUV were recovered from their possession.
HOW DID THE CASE COME TO LIGHT
Indore Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ruchi Vardhan Misra said the arrests followed a complaint lodged by an engineer with the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) that he was being blackmailed by the accused.
Shweta Vijay Jain allegedly introduced Aarti Dayal to this IMC official eight months ago, the SSP said.
The two became friends. During one meeting, a video clip was shot, and later the accused demanded Rs 3 crore from the official, threatening to make the clip public if he did not cough up the money.
After he approached the police, a trap was laid. The official told the accused that he would pay Rs 50 lakh in the first instalment. When Aarti and Shweta Jain arrived in Indore in an SUV to collect the money, the two, along with their driver Kori, were arrested.
After quizzing them, police arrested three more women from Bhopal, SSP Misra said. The accused were produced before a court in Indore which remanded them in police custody for three days.
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