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Madhya Pradesh honey trapping case: Over 4000 files of VIPs in compromising position seized, probe initiated

The Madhya Pradesh Police have seized more than 4000 files including audio recordings, video clips and screenshots of chats. Many of them, which feature VIPs, are said to be objectionable in nature.


Madhya Pradesh honey trapping case: Over 4000 files of VIPs in compromising position seized, probe initiated
Bhopal, First Published Sep 26, 2019, 6:39 PM IST
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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Police have extracted more than 4000 files from laptops and mobile phones from those arrested in the alleged honey trapping case.

The recovered files include audio recordings, video clips and screenshots of chats, and many of them said to be objectionable in nature, a source stated. According to sources, the materials were used to allegedly blackmail the bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen from the state.

In another development in the case, the SIT constituted to investigate the honey trapping scandal has initiated a probe based on complaints of human trafficking.

"Father of one of the girls involved in human trafficking has registered a police complaint under the sections of human trafficking. He has alleged that masterminds of the honey trapping blackmailing ring would lure young girls with false promises and then would force them into flesh trade," sources privy to the development said. The complainant has alleged that her daughter and many others were lured into the gang by the prime accused - Aarti.

A case in this regard has been registered under sections 370, 370 (A) and 120 (B) of the IPC. According to sources, the girl may also be made a witness in the case.

Meanwhile, speaking about the honey trapping case, SIT chief Sanjeev Sharma told reporters that it is a serious crime and no names will be revealed until the probe is completed.

"It will be too early to take any names at this stage. The investigation is underway," Sharma told media persons in Indore.

Six persons, including five women and a man, have been arrested in connection with the honey trapping case. The arrested accused include Monica, Shweta and Aarti.

Monica was on Monday brought to Bhopal by the police as part of evidence gathering and further interrogation.

Speaking to media persons on September 23, the police stated that Monica was living in Bhopal with one of the prime accused.

"We have talked to the college administration and the parents of Monica to unearth why and how she got into this. Monica has also informed that she was living with one of the prime accused Aarti in a flat in Bhopal for the last four months," the police told media persons.

The incident came to light after an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) engineer had filed a complaint alleging that two women were blackmailing him threatening to make the videos available online.

The civic engineer was later suspended from service by the IMC. 

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