When a pilot of a leading airline sought and got a response from two women on an adult friendship website, he did not know that his idea of a little fun would prove costly. But after a cosy date at a cafe in Rohini, the promised tryst in the women's flat turned into a nightmare when Crime Branch personnel burst in and threatened to implicate him in the rape of his female companions. Unknown to the pilot, the three "cops" were actually conmen out to make the most of his prurient pursuits. They took the two women for medical examination to a government hospital in Rohini and dangled the fear of a rape case over his head - unless, of course, he was ready to pay. The terrified man pulled out Rs 20,000 from his wallet and handed it over. He later added another Rs1 lakh to the booty at an ATM in Sector 9. It didn't satisfy the trio. He finally paid them Rs 10 lakh to hush up the matter. If the pilot thought it was the end of the costly affair, he was mistaken, for the men reached him recently with fresh demands. Deciding he had had enough, the pilot approached the police. An FIR was registered at the Maurya Enclave police station.
"Inspector Arun Kumar and sub-inspector Ram Manohar tracked the calls being made to the pilot and picked up the three men," said Vijay Singh, DCP (Northwest), on Friday.
They were produced before a magistrate and sent to judicial custody. The police also confiscated six mobile phones from them.
The gang, the police found, comprised two Home Guard personnel and a gym instructor-cum-bouncer. They executed the crime with the help of their girlfriends. Police sources believed that the gang had duped at least 100 other men, whom the cops are trying to trace.
"One male member of the gang and the two female accomplices have absconded, and efforts are being made to trace them and to recover whatever remained of the extorted sum," said Singh.
The mastermind was Jagtinder Singh alias Jimmi, a 47-year-old former company commander of the Delhi Home Guards. His associate Sundar Lal, 35, was in the Home Guards at the time of his arrest. The third member, Jitender alias Prince,32, worked as a gym instructor in Model Town and as a bouncer in a Noida nightclub. He used to pose as a girl and chat with prospective clients online.
As members of the Home Guards, Singh and Lal had worked closely with staff in police stations and were well versed in police speak. They were, thus, able to panic the victims into thinking they were genuine policemen.