Spy cameras in lipsticks and goggles, along with the mundane mobile phone, were used in the high-profile honey-trap racket busted mid-September in Indore and Bhopal as the accused went about filming their victims in intimacy, police sources said on Sunday.
Five women and a man were arrested in Indore and Bhopal on September 18-19 for allegedly running the racket, after an Indore Municipal Corporation engineer approached police claiming he was being blackmailed to the tune of Rs 3 crore over objectionable video clips by the accused. Police had identified the accused as Aarti Dayal (29), Monika Yadav (18), Shweta Vijay Jain (39), Shweta Swapnil Jain (48), Barkha Soni (34) and Omprakash Kori (45).
The five women accused were brought to Bhopal by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday evening and being interrogated.
Official sources said they are being grilled in Bhopal and soon they would be taken to Sagar, Chhindwara and Chhatarpur too. If the SIT manages to get sufficient evidences, they can also be taken to Delhi.
The SIT team also carried with them the electronic gadgets, laptops and a pen drives obtained from the possession of the accused.
On Friday, accused Shweta Vijay Jain, Shweta Swapnil Jain and Barkha were sent to police remand till September 30 in the case. The other accused in the case, Dayal and Yadav were also sent to police remand till October 1. Indore Senior Superintendent of Police Ruchi Vardhan Misra had told the media after the arrests that spy cameras had been seized from the accused, though she did not go into details of the gadgets.
Neither Misra nor Indore Crime Branch Additional Superintendent of Police Amarendra Singh, both part of the Special Investigation Team probing the case, were available for comment on this aspect despite repeated calls from The Pioneer on Sunday.
Several video clips of people in compromising positions, purportedly from the high-profile racket have flooded social media, though several of them appear to be morphed as well.
Monday, 30 September 2019 | PNS | Bhopal
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