Mangalore: police arrest 8 for kidnapping, blackmailing students

Mangalore: police arrest 8 for kidnapping, blackmailing students

Photos: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (NM)

Mangalore, December 21: Mangalore city police on Saturday (December 21) arrested eight people in connection with the kidnapping and blackmail of two students from a private college in Deralakatte. The gang forced the boy and the girl into a sexual act and filmed them for blackmail.

Addressing a press conference at his office on Saturday, Police Commissioner R Hitendra said the eight people were arrested at Katipalla circle in a house. They were presented to court on Saturday evening and taken into police custody for three days.

Although the commissioner did not disclose the names of the defendants, informed police sources told daijiworld that the eight are Shamsuddin (23) from Suratkal, Shameer (21) from Deralakatte, Iqbal (23) from Deralakatte, Rauf (22) ) from Deralakatte, Nawaz (28) from Mudipu, Nisar (18) from Manjanady, Harshad (28) from Deralakatte and Sharfan Hussain (21) from Deralakatte. Sources said three of them are rowdy clothiers and are suing them at Mulky Police Station.

Explaining the chain of events, Hitendra said that around 11 p.m. on December 18, the two students, male and female, were sitting in their car outside the Meeting Point bar and restaurant. The gang came to their car, blindfolded them, and one of the eight drove the car to a house in a secluded location. The students were forced to have sex, and when they refused, the gang brandished weapons and threatened to kill them and even threatened to rape the girl. Frightened, the students did as they were told, and their obscene snapshots were captured on the couple’s cell phones by the gang.

The gang then asked them for Rs 25 lac and threatened to upload the videos to the internet, social networks, and give copies to their parents and the head of the university if they did not receive the amount. Under pressure, the students agreed to pay them Rs 3 lac, for which the gang agreed.

The students were then taken to another isolated house. On December 20, some of the 8 accused accompanied the girl to Thokkottu, while the boy was held hostage with the others. While letting the girl bring the money, they warned her not to reveal the incident to anyone and not to approach the police, if she wanted to see her friend alive. The young girl, however, regained courage and, with the help of a lawyer, filed a complaint with the Konaje police.

The police took action and, within a day, caught the accused. Police also seized a car, cell phones, video clip and weapons from the accused.

Konaje Police jailed the accused under Sections 363, 384, 395, 354, 354 (c), 506, 364 (a) and 307 of the IPC.

DCP (Law and Order) Dr KV Jagadish investigating the case and DCP (crime) Dharmaiah were present. Other investigations are in progress.

South ACP Pavan Nejjoor, Inspector Dharmendra, PSI Sudhakar, PSI Ramesh Hanapur, PSI Sathish, PSI, Shyamsunder, SI Sundar Acharya and other police officers were part of the operation.

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