Sex and blackmail case rocks Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram: A case of blackmail involving the luring of unsuspecting clients into sex has rocked Kerala even as police are striving to get a grip on all accused in the case.
The allegations against a Congress leader in connection with the case, and the fact that the key accused in the case stayed at the legislators' hostel in the heart of the capital, have added to the shock element.
Several businessmen are believed to have been lured into sex and their videos taken and blackmailed by the gang.
Senior Congress leader Sharathchandra Prasad is feeling the heat in the blackmailing case as one person in the know of the incident has accused Prasad of having helped the main accused in the case, one Jayachandran, to stay in a room allotted to members of the state legislative assembly.
Revelations of Jayachandran's stay at the MLA hostel triggered protests by Opposition leaders, who also led a march to highlight the misuse of the hostel by the ruling party.
Prasad had said that he did not know Jayachandran personally and that the room key had been handed over to Jayachandran by one Sunil Kottarakara.
However, Sunil's father told a local television channel that Prasad himself had organised Jayachandran's stay at the MLA hostel.
Jayachandran was picked up by police from Parassala in the south of the state after tracking him down using mobile tower location information. Reports indicate he had stayed at the MLA hostel for weeks.
In a related incident, police are also investigating the death of one Ravindran, a businessman and native of Venjaramood near the state capital, who was one of the persons who was allegedly blackmailed by Jayachandran's gang.
Ravindran is believed to have ended his life after being blackmailed. It is believed that the accused took Rs125,000 (Dh7,639) from Ravindran after blackmailing him and had asked for more money.
It was Ravindran's death that initially threw light on the blackmailing gang's activities. Following Ravindran's death, another businessman who was blackmailed by the same gang, Sajikumar, approached police and complained of the gang's activities. This led to the arrest of two women, Ruksana and Bindya, and Jayachandran.
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