Honey-trapping case: Head constable took Rs 2 lakh bribe from victim
Mahesh Nagar head constable Balaram arrested for being part of the blackmailing gang
Jaipur: Head constable Balaram who was arrested for being part of a honey trapping gang that blackmailed prominent city residents including doctors and builders had accepted bribes from the gang’s victims, the special operations group (SOG)revealed after arresting him on Tuesday. The officials said that he had taken Rs 2 lakh to have the case withdrawn against one of the victims of the gang, Kamlesh Gupta.
SOG arrested Balaram, a head constable deputed at Mahesh Nagar police station, on Tuesday and produced him in a court that sent him to three-day police remand. SOG will interrogate Balaram to identify other members of the gang and the policemen who were involved.
Marble businessman Kamlesh Gupta told SOG in his complaint that two members of the gang, Vandana Bhatta and Punam Kanwar called him to a place on the pretext of providing massage service and then registered a bogus rape complaint against him. They demanded Rs 10 lakh to withdraw it.
The complaint was investigated by the Mahesh Nagar police station. Gupta alleged that when he paid extortion money to the gang and reached a compromise, Balaram took Rs 2 lakh have the case withdrawn.
SOG has so far arrested 22 members of this gang including lawyers, bogus journalists and women. Many are still absconding. The women members of the gang befriended the victims, took them to hotels and then threaten to implicate them in rape cases. Four lawyers were debarred by the Jaipur bar Association.
Over the past three years, the women members of the gang registered rape complaints with various police stations in the city including Mahesh Nagar, Sindhi Camp, Shiprapath, Muralipura, Kardhani, Bhankrota and Manak Chowk.
Sources said that the complaints were not turned into FIRs and the victims were pressurized to reach a compromise with the gang. The victims paid hefty amounts of money to the gang fearing social backlash.