Mumbai, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

Four people were arrested by police for allegedly blackmailing a five-star hotel executive, who was believed to be homosexual, in western suburb of Vakola.

Acting on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim, a police team arrested Rais Riaz Shaikh (35), Avdhoot Vijay Hatankar (27), Salim alias Sahil Abdul Shaikh (21) and Ambadas Vitthaldas Buddhivanta (26) last evening, police here today said.

In his complaint, the complainant, who is working as an executive in a five-star hotel here and believed to be a homosexual,stated that on Friday, he met one of the accused Sahil on a social networking site for homosexuals. Next day, while the victim's roommate was out of town, he invited Sahil to his Kalina residence.

An hour after Sahil arrived, someone knocked on the door, followed by two other friends of Sahil. They demanded money from him for not to make public his sexual orientation, the complaint stated.

The victim gave Rs 20,000 to the accused who were to return next day to collect Rs 1 lakh from him. However, he registered a complaint with the Vakola police who arrested them, sources added.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)