A young engineer in Bengaluru has ended his life by jumping before a train in Malleshwaram near Mangalore after he was blackmailed with his nude pictures taken through Instagram on January 25. This is the second such incident. Earlier, a doctor had committed suicide after he was harassed by the gang.
According to the police, initial investigation points to the role of a ‘Nude Gang’ which traps men and women on social media and asks them to go nude. Later they are blackmailed using the nude pictures. Bhaskar Rao, Additional DGP Railways, appealed to youth not to commit suicide out of fear or shame, and urged them to control social media habits. He advised youth to reach out to police if they are being put under pressure by the gang.
The police indicated that there is an inter-state gang which is operating at a national level, especially in metro cities. Its modus operandi is to make friendship with the youth through dating apps and later blackmailing them to extort money. Several men have become victims of the gang.
Bhaskar Rao, ADGP Railways said, “Another 24-year-old engineer committed suicide on a railway line. Note revealed he was blackmail for sex on Instagram, I implore, plead youth not to kill themselves due to fear and shame. Please have courage to face, you are precious, pray don’t kill yourself. Control your SM urges.”
According to the police, one of the accused gang members poses as a girl in the dating apps and starts chatting with the youth who show interest in them. Later, after establishing intimacy, the accused asks the victim to go nude before the camera. If the victim succumbs, the gang records the act and then starts extorting money. They would threaten the victims over their videos going viral on social media.
The latest victim, a 24-year-old youth, an engineering graduate lived with his family in Malleshwaram locality. The dead body of the youth was recovered on Tuesday. Though, it looked like the youth committed suicide over personal matter initially, but as the investigation progressed the police investigation headed in a different direction.
Police sources said that after the verification of the mobile phone of the victim, they found threatening and blackmailing messages. The investigation has also revealed that the youth was being blackmailed over Instagram also. This has made the investigation officer believe that the youth could be a victim of a ‘Nude gang’.
The Karnataka Railway Police recently arrested an accused in connection with a suicide case of a 30-year-old young doctor, who was blackmailed over his obscene videos. The doctor while committing suicide mentioned the name of one Kranti Singh and left a death note saying he is ending life because of the blackmail, threatening and extortion by a gang led by Kranti Singh.
The police investigating the case, have taken the accused into custody from Bhopal and launched a hunt for other members of the gang. The gang members had trapped the doctor through a dating app. After getting introduced to him and developing leniency, the victim doctor had started chatting with the accused. One of the accused spoke to him posing as a girl and asked the doctor to go nude while chatting and he obliged. Later, the doctor was blackmailed over the video and accused persons placed demands of extortion.
The victim doctor had made Rs 67,000 online transfer to the accused. He continued to get extortion and threat calls from the accused. The doctor unable to take the pressure committed suicide by coming under a train.