Bengaluru, Apr 23: The CCB, Bengaluru recently busted a racket involving three police personnel who were involved in laying honey traps and allegedly blackmailing people.
Sources say that this is not a racket restricted to Bengaluru alone, but similar incidents have taken place in various other parts of the state.
In most of the cases it has been found that a few constables get together and undertake an extortion racket. Similar cases were found in other parts of the state and police officials are on the look out for such gangs in Mandya and Mysore as well.
Gang involved in 8 cases
Three constables and two ladies had been arrested by the police for running an extortion racket. All the three constables used to honey trap people and then blackmail them.
The lady deployed by them would call up businessmen or realtors and invite them over to the apartment where a camera would be hidden. The three constables then posing as officers of the City Crime Branch would raid the apartment and catch them in a compromising position.
Later they would tell the person that they would file cases and also leak the video if they did not cough up money. The lady Yasmeen would invite these unsuspecting persons to her apartment at Kodigehalli.
the investigations have shown that they had trapped realtors, government officials and also businessmen.
The CCB which is probing the case has so far found 8 more incidents in which the same gang was involved. Investigations have also found that these persons would extort anything between Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 lakh.
More such gangs
Police officials say that there are more such gangs in operation in different parts of the state. It may be recalled that recently a gang from KG Nagar involving a police constable was caught after a cardiologist whom they had honey trapped decided to lodge a complaint against them.
Sources say that in most of the cases it has been found that the constable has at some point in time been associated with high profile wings in the police department. They have gathered information and use it to further this racket.
The police say that such gangs can be busted if people come forward and give a complaint. In the cases where a complaint has been lodged, it has been found that the complainant had a friend in the police department. Normally many do not come forward to give a complaint fearing embarrassment.