Jaipur, May 5: Another case of luring people over social media with the sole purpose of extortion has surfaced, this time in Rajasthan. A man was befriended by a woman on an app and was eventually killed when he refused to pay ransom for his ‘abduction’. Three people, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly killing the 29-year-old man whose body was found in a suitcase on a Delhi road, police said. The victim, Dushyant Sharma, was held captive by Priya Seth (27), Dikshant Kamra (25) and Lakshya Walia (26), at their rented flat in Bajaj Nagar with a motive to extort money from him, ACP (Jhotwara) Aas Mohammad said.
According to the ACP, the woman befriended Sharma on a social networking app. On May 2, she invited him to her flat and asked him to pay Rs 10 lakh. When the victim refused to comply, she threatened to file a rape case against him. The woman and her two friends, who were also present at the flat, later confiscated Sharma’s ATM card and telephoned his father demanding Rs 10 lakh as ransom, Mohammad said. Following which the victim’s father deposited Rs 3 lakh into his bank account. A transaction of Rs 20,000 was made from Sharma’s ATM card, the ACP said. The three accused then strangulated Sharma and chopped his body into pieces, he said. According to the police, the accused have been involved in several other criminal cases in the past as well.
Cyber crime in its various forms is on the rise. Only last month, a 23-year-old woman was raped by a Facebook friend and his aides in Gurugram. They clicked her pictures and threatened her into silence but the woman did tell the police and two of the men were caught.