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Cheapest smartphone maker among 3 held for 'extortion'

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 June 2018, 9:01 IST

Mohit Goel, founder of Ringing Bells - the company that offered world's cheapest smartphone 'Freedom 251' - and two others were arrested by the Delhi police on Sunday for allegedly trying to extort money in lieu of settling a rape case.

Goel, his aide and a woman conspired to extort money from the complainants after implicating them in a gang-rape case in Rajasthan's Alwar.

Earlier, the woman, involved in the conspiracy, had filed a complaint that she was gang-raped by five people in a hotel in Alwar. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the woman had been threatening the complainant and asking him for money.
Later, the police laid a trap to arrest the accused when they came to take the extortion amount.

"My relatives were being honey-trapped. First, the accused asked for Rs 11 core and then they settled the matter for Rs 2.5 crore. They took Rs 1 crore 15 lakh earlier and today they came to take Rs 30 lakh when they were arrested," said a family member of a complainant.



First published: 11 June 2018, 9:01 IST