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Four arrested for blackmailing men over ‘objectionable videos’ in Burewala

Suspects asked the victims for a large sum of money

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 26, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Oct 26, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

A four-member gang was arrested on Saturday for blackmailing men in Burewala.

According to the police, the suspects included one woman and three men. Saman and Hafeez were the gang leaders.
Saman called the victims to Hafeez’s house and made objectionable videos of them, the police said. She then blackmailed them over those videos, asking for a large sum of money in return.

A case has been registered against the suspects under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence if innocent person be thereby convicted and executed) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Section 419 is punishable with an imprisonment of up to seven years or a fine. Section 420 is punishable with an imprisonment of up to seven years and Section 194 is punishable with either a life imprisonment or 10-year rigorous imprisonment.

Saman had earlier registered a rape case under Section 376 against one of the victims. The case was dismissed after her medical reports did not prove the rape. Nawaz’s father had also filed a complaint against the woman, and told the police that his son was innocent and was being falsely accused.

The main suspects, Saman and Hafeez, blamed each other for the crime. Saman, in her statement said Hafeez had lured her into calling the men to his house.

Hafeez told the police that Saman was the leader of the gang, and that he was only working for her
The police found the videos on the suspects’ phone. An investigation is under way to arrest the other people involved in the case.

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