Ex­tor­tion from es­cort ser­vice providers: 2 held

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: The city po­lice on Tues­day busted a gang in­volved in rob­bing and ex­tort­ing money from flesh trade rack­e­teers af­ter ask­ing them to pro­vide es­cort ser­vices. The gang mem­bers used to hold the es­cort ser­vice me­di­a­tors cap­tive when they ap­proached them to pro­vide the ser­vices and ex­tort money by pos­ing as Bi­har and Delhi po­lice of­fi­cers.

The po­lice ar­rested two key op­er­a­tors of the gang, Anil Ku­mar Singh and Rahul Sinha alias Rahul Anand, both res­i­dents of Bi­har, from Chin­hat area. The po­lice also re­cov­ered Bi­har and Delhi po­lice badges, wire­less sets and hand­cuffs from the key op­er­a­tors’ car.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP), Luc­know, Deepak Ku­mar said the vic­tims never com­plained about the mat­ter to po­lice as they them­selves are in the wrong busi­ness and the key op­er­a­tors took ad­van­tage of it. He said the two op­er­a­tors along with their third crime part­ner, Amit Ku­mar Singh have ex­torted money from mul­ti­ple peo­ple in the same man­ner in past one year. He said Amit is still at large and ef­forts are on for his ar­rest.

Ex­plain­ing the gang’s modus operandi, the SSP said the duo used to get con­tact num­bers of dif­fer­ent es­cort ser­vices op­er­a­tional in Delhi, Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har from the in­ter­net and ap­proached them as clients.

He said the gang mem­bers used to hold the me­di­a­tors hostage when they met them on ‘ser­vice re­quest’ and threat­ened to book them in hu­man traf­fick­ing charges by pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers. “The es­cort ser­vice providers eas­ily be­lieved their claims af­ter see­ing their po­lice badges, wire­less sets and hand­cuffs,” he said.

The SSP said the gang’s modus operandi was ex­posed when they re­cently held a wrong man hostage be­liev­ing him as es­cort ser­vice provider and ex­torted ₹1 lakh from him. He said the vic­tim had lodged an FIR of kid­nap­ping and ex­tor­tion against them with Chin­hat po­lice sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 11.

Ku­mar said the two ar­rested ac­cused had crim­i­nal record and they are in­volved in mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents of loot and rob­bery .

He said the two met each other dur­ing their stay in a Delhi jail. He said Rahul got re­leased from jail in 2015 af­ter serv­ing fouryears of term while Anil was re­leased from jail in 2016.

He said the duo then met again and de­vised new ways to com­mit crime.

THE GANG USED TO POSE AS COPS AND THREATEN ME­DI­A­TORS, SAY­ING THEY WOULD BE BOOKED FOR HU­MAN TRAF­FICK­ING

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