Kerala police bust extortion racket involved in blackmailing actress

South India

The Kerala police have a busted a gang involved in extorting money and smuggling god. The Maradu police in Ernakulam arrested four members of the gang on a complaint filed by the parents of actress Shamna Kasim.

The hunt for other three members in the gang is on. The four accused are Rafeeq, Ramesh, Sharath and Ashraf, all natives of Thrissur. Following the arrest of the four, a young model alleged that the gang had detained her in a secret place in Palakkad district for eight days along with seven others and forced her to escort the gold smugglers.

According to the complaint lodged by Shamna’s father, the gang had tried to extort Rs.1 lakh from the actress by threatening to release some of her old video clips. The gang had established contact with Shamna saying one of their members was interested to marry her.

“One person in the gang got the actor’s number initially and spoke to her by posing as a wealthy Kozhikode based jewellery owner with business in Dubai. He introduced himself with a fake name - Anwar Ali. The duo got close and even spoke on the phone a few times,” an officer from the Maradu was quoted by News Minute as saying.

The accused further deceived Shamna and her family by making them speak with people planted by them as his family members. The actor and her family were convinced that they had spoken to Anwar’s family.

The couple finally decided that they would make their families meet on July 3 and formalise their alliance. However, earlier this week he called up and said that a few of his uncles and cousins had arrived in Kochi from Kozhikode on urgent work and would like to visit her house.

This is when six people, claiming to be family members of Anwar, visited Shamna’s house and demanded Rs 1 lakh. The family sensed something fishy and refused to give them money. On checking the CCTV visuals, they discovered that the six men had shot videos of the exterior of the house and the actor’s car on their smartphones.

“Shamna then called up Anwar to question him and this is when the conversation turned into threats. He threatened to end her career and attempted to extort money from her by releasing photos, videos and messages that the actor had sent him,” the officer told the TNM.

Following this, the family filed a complaint with the Maradu police. On tracing the extortionists through call logs of the actor, it was revealed that Anwar Ali was a false name and the accused was an imposter.

“We found out that he had put a photo of a Kasaragod based TikTok user as his display picture. We are still on the lookout for him and haven’t arrested him yet,” the officer said.

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