Published: June 30, 2020 6:39:40 pm
An investigation into an alleged bid to extort cash from a Malayalam movie actress has uncovered a racket wherein movie celebrities and fashions in Kerala have been used as carriers of gold smuggling.
The Kochi City Police on Monday arrested actress Shamna Qasim and movie star hairstylist Harris from Thrissur district in reference to extortion associated circumstances of some fashions.
Since final Wednesday, seven individuals have been arrested for taking money from Kasim and threatening him. The gang reportedly approached her dad and mom with a pretend marriage proposal. After a couple of conferences and telephone calls, the dad and mom bought suspicious and complained to the police. One of the gang members, posing as a possible groom, allegedly demanded Rs 1 lakh from Qasim, which led his household to suspect the supply.
Later, eight fashions got here ahead with complaints that they have been stored in captivity and extorted cash from them. These fashions have been reportedly compelled to function as gold carriers.
Kochi metropolis police commissioner Vijay Sakhare informed the media that gang members Muhammad Sharif and Rafiq contacted Qasim by means of Harris, who has shut ties to the movie business. “More victims are coming forward, so we are considering filing more cases,” he stated.
Police on Monday summoned actor Dharamjan Bolgatti on the idea of knowledge that he was involved with a few of the arrested individuals. After submission, Dharmajan informed the media that Harris had obtained Qasim’s quantity. Dharmajan stated that the gang first contacted him over the telephone however he didn’t take it severely.
Police sources stated that thus far there isn’t a proof to recommend that these arrested used movie celebrities and fashions as smuggling gold carriers. He allegedly lured girls with guarantees of heavy remuneration on working as gold carriers. The gang allegedly forcibly extracts gold jewelery from them to fulfill fast bills, and guarantees to pay them again when the gold is traded. After placing the property within the pockets of the ladies, the gang leaves them, and threatens them after they disclose something.
However, police sources stated that gold smuggling of celebrities is rampant.
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