- Defendants kidnapped several
- The main accused is in jail
- The girls were brought from Karnataka and Goa
The first accused, Shihab, a native of Vengara Valakuda, is in jail in another case. Police have expanded their investigation to include others in the group. The accused were taken to the Karipur airport premises and evidence was taken. The expats who reached Karipur were nabbed by the gang using young women. The girls were brought from Karnataka and Goa.
The group took the expatriate to a private center in Karipur and took a nude photo of him. The Perinthalmanna native, who came from Europe last year, lost Rs 1.5 lakh. The accused were arrested during an investigation based on the complaint. Defendants said the picture was taken of the victim with the women.
Police say several expatriates have been victims of the scam. Defendants’ confidence was boosted by the fear of embarrassment and the fact that they did not file a complaint as they had to go back abroad.