Police in Madhya Pradesh have arrested a 21-year-old girl, a student from Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism, on charges of attempting to blackmail Congress MLA Hemant Katare. The girl’s accomplice has reportedly managed to flee.
According to a report by India Today, the arrested girl has been identified as Pranshu Singh, who had allegedly sent her accomplice, Vikramjeet Singh, to meet Katare claiming that they had an intimate video of the MLA with the girl.
Quoting Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi, India Today reported that Vikramjeet Singh had met Katare and showed him a video message made by Pranshu. In the video, the girl was reportedly seen claiming that Katare has had intimate relations with her and that she would make their intimate moments and conversation public.
A Times of India report said that police’s preliminary investigations suggested the involvement of two more persons. ASP-crime branch Rashmi Mishra said Katare, MLA from Ater constituency in Bhind, filed a complaint on Tuesday that the 21-year-old woman was making calls on his cellphone since January 17, threatening to frame him in a rape case and for abetment to suicide.
Vikramjeet Singh had later demanded Rs 2 crore in exchange of a commitment that the girl will not make the video public. Katare contacted the police, who advised him to call both the girl and her accomplice to a spot on the pretext of handing over the money. Katare reportedly told the girl he would pay Rs 5 lakh as the first installment while promising to arrange the rest later.
The met in a busy area in Bhopal, but Vikramjeet Singh, after having recognised the crime branch cops, fled from the scene. The girl was later made to sign an affidavit that her claims on possessing an intimate video was a mere prank.
The 31-year-old Congress was first elected to the Madhya Pradesh assembly in 2017 from Ater assembly in Bhind district of Bhopal during a by-election necessitated by the death of his father Satyadev Katare
Madhya Pradesh goes to crucial assembly polls later this year.