Noida police arrested two members of Delhi’s infamous Sonu Punjaban’s gang on Monday. The duo was arrested for allegedly honey-trapping men under the pretext of providing massages by women.
The arrested pair includes Punjaban’s younger cousin, Sanjay Bhatia (32), and Arjun alias Arun (22) – an allegedly new member who joined the gang post lockdown. The former has around 20 complaints – for theft, dishonesty, stolen property, etc., – filed against him across Delhi’s police stations. Furthermore, the police recovered a Santro (DL2CAD6402), Rs 3,000, and two mobile phones from the accused.
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सोनू पंजाबन गैंग के 02 सक्रिय सदस्य गिरफ्तार, कब्जे से सेंट्रो कार, 02 मोबाइल व 3000 रुपये बरामद। थाना सेक्टर-58 नोएडा @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/wZryakRRyH
— POLICE COMMISSIONERATE GAUTAM BUDDH NAGAR (@noidapolice) September 14, 2020
What You Should Know:
- Noida police arrested two members of Sonu Punjaban’s gang on Monday.
- The arrested pair includes Punjaban’s younger cousin, Sanjay Bhatia (32), and Arjun alias Arun (22).
- The gang members would entice targeted men to desolate spots with the promise of providing girls for home spa services.
- Once there, male members of the gang would rob the men of their personal valuables.
- Sonu Punjaban aka Geeta Arora is currently serving 24-year long imprisonment in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for human trafficking charges.
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Robbing Through Promised ‘Massages’
ACP Rajnish Verma told the Times of India (TOI) that the gang members circulated online advertisements for their “massage parlour services.” Afterwards, the targeted men would contact the accused via WhatsApp and reportedly receive images of women meant to render the spa services. Consequently, the targets would select an image and come to meet the particular woman at a predetermined location late at night. Once trapped in a lonely spot, different women would approach the targets and start arguing with them. Amidst distraction and chaos, the male gang members would join them and rob them of their personal belongings and valuables.
Additional DCP (Noida) Ranvijay Singh also told the TOI that the police had noticed certain vehicles, including a Santro, acting suspiciously in the Noida area for some time now. The accused gang members have probably duped hundreds of people using this modus operandi. However, the cops said that many victims don’t come forward in such cases because of shame.
Also, cops are still searching for the women involved in the plan and other operating gang members in Noida.
Gangster Sonu Punjaban
Police first arrested Sonu Punjaban, aka Geeta Arora, in 2007. The charges included human trafficking and running a major call girl racket in Delhi and its neighbouring states. Currently, Punjaban is serving 24-year long imprisonment in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for the same charges. However, this recent nabbing has suggested that Punjaban continues to run her racket online with the help of her aides.
Notably, in Sonu’s absence, her cousin Sanjay seems to have taken the lead in the gang, as per the police. The cops said that he allegedly oversees the majority of the gang’s Delhi-NCR crimes. Also, he reportedly takes the largest portion of the looted money.
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Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV