Mumbai: The Bengaluru Police arrested four members of a gang for allegedly assaulting, blackmailing and extorting widows and divorced women over nude videos.
The accused, including a woman, targeted the victims under the pretext of helping them out with financial assistance and jobs, the police said.
The arrested persons were identified as Ravi, a resident of Chikkagollarahatti, his wife Mangala, Srinivas and Shivakumar from Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district.
Srinivas and Shivakumar are brothers and work in a gas agency.
The accused also identified widows, divorced women and people living separately from their companions.
Mangla used to approach them and after collecting their details offered them assistance, sympathetically talk to them on the phone and gain trust.
Once the victims were lured, he called them to a blind spot, assuring them of jobs.
The accused used to kidnap them and take them to secluded places, after which they used to threaten women to take off their clothes by showing weapons. When the victims protested, they beat up and made a nude video.
Later the accused threatened her to make the nude video viral and extort money and gold from her. The police have seized gold worth Rs 1.20 lakh, Rs 70,000 in cash, as well as the car and weapons used to commit the crime.
Investigation revealed that the accused had tortured eight women. However, the victims did not lodge a police complaint fearing the consequences.
However, one of the kidnapped victims from Mahalaxmi Layout police station limits ended the free operation of the accused gang by registering a police complaint.
He had told them that the accused kidnapped her in the car, took her to a secluded place in Tavrekere, took off her clothes and made a nude video of her.
He had extracted 23 grams of gold and digitally transferred Rs 84,000 from it. 40 thousand rupees in cash have also been found from them.
The police acted on the complaint and nabbed the gang and during the course of the investigation, the accused confessed to the crime.