New Delhi: At least 50 senior executives, including CEOs, of companies based in the National Capital Region (NCR) were among 150 people who fell victim over three months to racketeers who befriended them on Grindr – a social networking app for gay, bisexual and transgender people – and blackmailed them with intimate pictures, according to senior Gurugram Police officers.
Members of the racket allegedly contacted their targets through the app, and, after befriending them, arranged dates on isolated stretches of the Western Peripheral Expressway and Southern Peripheral Road in Gurugram.
In most cases, the victims were ambushed in their cars while meeting their dates by the gang members, photographed in the nude, beaten up, and robbed of their belongings, the officers said.
Police said that the racket run by six men was busted in November after a decoy was sent to meet one of the members on Southern Peripheral Road following a complaint by a victim. Four of the six men were arrested on the spot and two are still at large, the police said.
The dating app Grindr whose head office is based in the US, did not respond to the emails sent by the Police from Delhi following complaints from the victims.