Mumbai: Youth held for duping doctor through gay dating app

The arrested person has been identified as Natiq Naushad Shaikh (21), Mumbra resident.

Somendra SharmaUpdated: Monday, May 16, 2022, 11:30 AM IST
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JJ Marg police have arrested a mastermind of a gang that was instrumental in targeting victims on a gay dating application and duping them. The fraud came to light after the gang had targeted a senior doctor. The arrested accused had met the doctor on the application, he then called the doctor to meet at a secluded place and then he along with his aides, assaulted the doctor, stole his iPhone and took his wallet. The victim managed to escape and lodge a complaint with the police.

The arrested person has been identified as Natiq Naushad Shaikh (21), a Mumbra resident.

According to the police, on April 28, the victim, who works in a reputed hospital and stays in Parel and Shaikh had met on a dating application and then they decided to meet near the Khada Parsi area near Nagpada. Shaikh then took the victim to a place where already three of his aides were waiting. The accused then pounced on the victim and took his phone and wallet. The victim managed to escape and approached the police. No concrete clues were seen on the nearby CCTV cameras.

"We got lucky when we managed to get CCTV footage of the suspects of the place from where they had escaped. Also, the doctor had provided us with the number from which he had communicated with Shaikh. We then found out that the suspects are from Mumbra. The accused got a whiff that the police were on the lookout for him and he went into hiding and had switched off his mobile phone and was away from social media as well," said a police officer.

He added, "We had received specific information that on Saturday night Shaikh would be arriving near Sandhurst Road station. The accused targeted victims on dating application assuming that the victims would not approach the police. Efforts are on to recover the stolen property from the accused and we are interrogating the accused to get more information about his aides and their modus-operandi. The accused has been remanded to police custody till May 17 by the court."

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