Monday, November 9, 2009

Gang blackmailing senior citizens busted

Gang blackmailing senior citizens busted
Ritesh Shah / DNA
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 11:37 IST

Ahmedabad: After Chandkheda, its now Vejalpur's senior citizens' turn
to gird their loins, almost literally. A gang comprising young girls,
boys and a mastermind has been on the prowl in the area, pouncing on
lonely elderly men, luring them with sexual incentives,
before blackmailing them.

In one such incident that occurred on Sunday at 8:45 pm, one Ramesh
Chandra Sharab, 62, a retired bank manager and resident of Nilharsh
apartment at Anjali circle in Vasna, was waylaid by members of the
gang while he was coming out of the Dharnidhar derasar. According to
his complaint, Sharab met a 50-year-old woman, who introduced herself
as Jaya Patel. Refusing his request to accompany him to a nearby
garden, Patel instead took him to her house at Shantinath apartment
near Vejalpur police station.

While proceeding to her house in a rickshaw, the duo's conversation
veered towards their individual sex lives, when Patel kissed him and
also said that she can also provide him a younger girl of 25 years,
who would satisfy his carnal desires. She also called for a girl,
Deepika, a 25-year-old married woman.

When Deepika and Sharab got sexually involved in the house, Patel
disappeared from the scene. Later, there was a knock on the door when
three boys entered the room and started taking video clips of the girl
kissing Sharab. They then abused Sharab for indulging in sex with a
girl of his daughter's age and tookcash and a gold chain worth

The gang asked Sharab to pay Rs1 lakh if he wanted to maintain a clean
image in society. They also told him that they would give him a call
on November 2 for the money. One of them called Sharab on November 1
asking him for the money. Sharab panicked. The gang asked him to pay
the money in installments of Rs50,000 separately. Sharab consulted his
son, and the duo approached ACP VR Tolia on Monday.

Sharab received another call from the woman on his phone, while they
were at the police station. Tolia asked Vejalpur PSI BR Mackwana to
accompany Sharab to Shantinath apartment, where they arrested Deepika
and her husband Manish, 25, Nishith, Paresh Patel, (Jaya's son) and
Jaya Patel.Police seized Sharab's PAN card and ID card and recovered
the cash from them.

"Though so far four cases have been committed by the gang, it was
difficult to trace the gang as people refrained from coming out in
public. We are investigatingthe four cases," said Mackwana.

Two months ago a similar incident had occurred in Chandkheda, where a
senior citizen was accosted during morning walk. Based on his
complaint registered with the police, a gang comprising two cops was

I appreciate the guts of this victim -- instead of coughing up the
ransom amount he chose to complain. PVM

Dr P Vyasamoorthy,
30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278

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