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2 arrested from Jaipur for links to sextortion gangs that blackmailed politicians, businessmen

They duped students to open bank accounts, with funds from their illegal operations channeled into these accounts.

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May 30, 2023, 9:15 pm

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Two brothers who were arrested for their links to gangs involved in honey trapping and blackmailing influential people.

JAIPUR: Two brothers from Alwar district, Aditya and Ravi Jangid, were arrested by the CID Crime Branch for their alleged involvement in sextortion and cyber fraud operations. The duo reportedly had an extensive network across Rajasthan, exploiting vulnerable college students under the guise of job opportunities.

The brothers would lure unemployed students by offering employment, deceiving them into submitting personal documents such as Aadhaar and PAN cards. They would then use these documents to open bank accounts, with funds from their illegal operations channeled into these accounts.

The crime branch seized nine bank account kits, checks from seven different banks, details of 24 other banks, and a car with documents from the suspects. According to DIG Crime Branch Rahul Prakash, the brothers, aged 24 and 21, are originally from Khedli in Alwar district but currently reside in Jaipur’s Khonagoriyan area.

The modus operandi involved frequenting local college areas, posing as job agents, and enticing students with false job opportunities. Over time, their operation expanded beyond Jaipur to include Alwar, Bharatpur, and throughout Rajasthan.

Investigations revealed that both Aditya and Ravi previously worked for a tele performance service provider. Aditya, who had been employed as a customer care executive for two years, leveraged his knowledge of the company to further deceive students, creating counterfeit offer letters on the company’s letterhead.

Upon interrogation, the brothers implicated a third individual, Aslam Fauji of Bharatpur, as the mastermind of the operation. They would sell the fraudulently opened bank accounts to Fauji, who would then sell them to sextortionists.

The accounts were opened for a price of Rs 3,000 and sold for Rs 13,000. The students, who were led to believe they were opening bank accounts for job purposes, were often persuaded to leave the bank kits with the brothers.

The illegal operation allegedly targeted high-profile individuals for extortion, threatening to leak explicit videos of them if they didn’t pay up. Beyond Rajasthan, the network reportedly extends to Haryana and Delhi, with a list of 20 associates now in the hands of the police for further action.

In their three-year involvement with cyber crime, the Jangid brothers reportedly opened and sold over 300 bank accounts to sextortion gangs, opening between 10 to 15 accounts per month by exploiting unsuspecting students.

Following the arrest, the Crime Branch anticipates additional apprehensions from Bharatpur and Alwar in the near future, as the investigation continues to unfold.

First published: May 18, 2023