A businessman in Visakhapatnam in eastern India was extorted out of thousands after meeting a man for a sexual encounter.
The 24-year-old victim is an employee of a multinational company. After meeting a man on social media, he invited him over to his home in the MVP Colony area of the city. Next, four other men stormed in posing as police, threatening to blackmail the businessman with the information of the encounter and comprising nude photographs.
“The complainant stated that four men barged in the room of the accused while he was with the latter. They clicked his photos and videos in nude while posing as the officers of the City Task Force Police Station on July 12,” Joint Commissioner of Police D Nagendra Kumar told reporters.
The victim’s guest was also part of the gang who robbed the victim by hatching the conspiracy. “They forced the victim to cough up Rs one lakh to settle the matter. They withdrew another Rs one lakh using the victim’s ATM card on July 13,” Kumar said.
All five men have been arrested.
The Indian Express reports:
The officer said the accused are habitual offenders who had committed similar crimes in Gajuwaka and PM Palem areas in the city in the past. They were booked under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 384 (punishment for extortion) of the IPC besides under section 66 C of Information Technology Act. Police have seized Rs 1.36 lakh in cash from the gang, he added.
Homosexuality is still illegal in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dating back to 1861 makes homosexual sex punishable by law and carries a life sentence. Same-sex marriages are not legally recognized in India, nor are same-sex couples offered more limited rights such as a civil union or a domestic partnership.