Two women have been arrested in connection with an extortion case, while their are still at large. Upparpet police have been investigating a case where the women and their associates had robbed a man by threatening to file a complaint of sexual harassment against him.

The arrested are identified as Asha, 28, a resident of Sarakki Gate of Banashankari and Rekha, 28, a resident of T Dasarahalli in Peenya. According to the police, on the night of September 11, Santosh Kumar Shetty of Udupi got into an that was already occupied by women, at Majestic to get dropped to a spot.
After going up to a certain distance, the women in the auto rickshaw started demanding money and other valuables from Shetty. When Shetty refused, they threatened him saying that they would create a scene and file a complaint of sexual harassment against him if he fails to give them the money. The women told him that they would say that Shetty had got into the auto rickshaw and sexually harassed them. Fearing the consequences, Shetty took out some money from his pocket to give it to them. They forcibly took all the money from him. He had Rs 3,000 with him, Shetty told the police.

On September 12, he had filed a complaint with the Upparpet police and the police had taken up a case of extortion. As such incidents are on the rise, the police took the probe on priority and managed to nab the duo from Majestic area with the help of their informants. Police said, the women use to wink at their persons they spotted as targets at the Majestic bus station and invite them in a auto rickshaw. “Once people fall for their tricks, they would blackmail them,” an officer said.

Police have recovered the robbed money from the women. Their associates, identified as Rathna, Suman, Padma and an autorickshaw driver are still at large and efforts are on to nab them. According to the police, this gang is not behind the robbing of a decorator from Tirupati and the recent robbery of a person from North, who lost his mobile phone and cash to a woman extortionist in the subway.

Police have requested the people to alert them on West division control room 080-22943232 or call DCP (West) 9480801701 and inform if they have been robbed or have information on such gangs operating in Majestic area.

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