Blackmail of NRI: prime accused and another person arrested by the police

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Kasargod, May 20: Two more criminals were arrested by the Kasargod police on Tuesday May 20, in connection with the blackmailing of an NRI by a gang who forcibly photographed him nude with a woman and demanded Rs 30 lakh ransom.

The prime accused in the case is Ahmed Owais (22) of Parekatte and K H Samina (25) of Mangad is another person arrested by a police team led by Kasargod circle inspector T Jacob. The two were arrested while travelling in an auto rickshaw after the police received definite information about their position.

With this, the number of arrests in the case has gone up to five. It is said that altogether nine people were involved in the blackmailing incident. Abdul Rahman alias Annan (32), a resident of Pallikere, Harshad (25) and Naseeda (32) of Trikkaripura were arrested on April 25.

Hailing from Kanhangad, the victim is employeed in the Gulf. It is said that his number was somehow obtained by the gang, and a woman among them started calling him and developed a friendship. She then reportedly invited him to meet her, and on April 24, he was taken to a deserted house at Kasargod Chowki, where Rahman, Harshad and others forcibly undressed him and clicked his photographs with the woman.

The victim somehow escaped from the spot after paying Rs. 17,000 in cash, he then filed a complaint with the police. The police who took immediate action arrested Rahiman, Harshad and Naseeda.

Sub-inspector Ratan Kumar, police personnel Balakrishnan, Laxminarayanan Nair, Narayanan Nair and Sumesh participated in the arrest operation.

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