12 held for running 'friendship club' in West Delhi

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New Delhi, Mar 4 (UNI) The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today arrested 12 people, including 11 women, for running a so-called friendship club in Pankha Road area of West Delhi.

The arrested accused used to run the club and dupe clients in the name of providing willing 'female friends.' They targeted men in Delhi, Western UP and Haryana.

Police said the accused used mobile phones and bank accounts procured on fake addresses.

The Crime Branch had received a complaint that one Arun was running 'Princess friendship club'. He had taken Rs 5000 from the complainant with a promise to provide him with a contact of a ''willing housewife''. But the phone number provided to him never responded and efforts to contact Varun proved futile.

Registeration for women was free in the club and advertisements in newspapers appeared with mobile numbers. The 'clients' used to call these numbes and were assured willing friends once they deposited a certain amount in bank account numbers provided to them.

The women arrested used to act as female friends.

While a lower amount was charged for college girls and housewives, higher sums were demanded for profesionals and models who were willing to be friends. When the clients became insistent on meeting the friends, his calls were rejected.

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