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Gang involved in extortion, video-graphing men in compromising position busted; kingpin used wife as bait

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STATE TIMES NEWS

SRINAGAR: Five extortionists including a woman have been arrested for their involvement in filming men in compromising position for extracting money from them in lieu of threat of releasing the said video. Police has also seized cash, cellphones and other materials from their possession.
Police received several complaints regarding gang of extortionists operating in Beerwah area of Budgam. Accordingly, FIR 98/2022 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Beerwah and investigation was initiated.
Preliminary investigations revealed that, the modus operandi of the gang was to call some person(s) to their home and then put him under threat by pointing knives or weapons towards him and rob him of his belongings. Also, the gang used to capture a video of the victim with a lady in compromising position, who happens to be wife of one of the gang members and then start demanding money in lieu of threat of releasing the said video.
After strenuous efforts, Police arrested all the accused persons involved in the crime. They have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, son of Gh Nabi, resident of Hanjiguru, Rouf Ahmad Dar alias Kantroo, son of Ab Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan alias Jamal, son of Gh Hassan, both residents of Arizal, Farooq Ahmad Ganai, son of Ramzan Ganai, resident of Kralnewa and a woman (name withheld).
On their disclosure, cellphone, cash and other materials snatched from the complainant and knives used to threaten the complainant have been recovered on instance of accused. Moreover, some cellphones of accused persons with objectionable videos/photos and other material have also been seized. Further investigation into the case is going on, police said.

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