Friendship club trap

Borivali police have nabbed a woman and an accomplice for allegedly blackmailing an interior decorator after luring him with promises of membership in a ‘friendship club’. The duo had allegedly taken Rs 37,000 from the complainant and was blackmailing him for more.

DCP Sanjay Bannerjee (Zone 11) said, “The woman who identified herself as Neha Parab called the complainant, Pinak Mathuria (56), a resident of Borivali, in April. Parab told him about a ‘friendship club’ in Kandivali and promised him a lifetime membership on payment of

Rs 37,000 after which he would get introduced to ‘high-profile women’ for friendship.”

Mathuria paid the sum in four cheques. After that, Parab allegedly started blackmailing him by claiming that he had sexual relations with her. She also threatened to tell his family and acquaintances about the “relations”. “Parab asked for Rs 1 lakh more. Mathuria approached the Borivali police on Tuesday,” Bannerjee said.

The police made Mathuria call Parab asking her to meet him in Borivali on Tuesday for taking Rs 37,000 as the first installment of the total amount. “Accordingly, she came to Mumbai with one Ashok Kumar Malik, an accomplice, to receive the money. She was nabbed while she was receiving the money,” said assistant inspector Prakash Ramgude of Borivali police.

On interrogation, it was revealed that Parab stays with her husband and two sons at Ghatkopar. “However, we found that her husband and sons were not aware of her activities. We also found around 10 suspicious transactions in her bank account and suspect that she might have connived with Malik to blackmail other people also. We are investigating the matter,” Bannerjee said.

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