"suddenly, three men entered the room with sticks."
A police investigation is underway after an Indian man was beaten and robbed by a gang of four. The incident happened in Pune, Maharashtra.
It was revealed that the 34-year-old victim had connected with another man on the dating app Grindr.
However, when he met the man, the victim found out that he had been set up. Three others confronted him and beat him before robbing him.
According to police, the victim was married and was bisexual.
On August 30, 2020, the victim filed a police complaint. He works as a software engineer for an IT company.
Assistant Police Inspector Satish Umre said that the incident took place on August 9 at around 10:30 am.
He explained: “The complainant was chatting on an app called Grindr when a person called Ravi responded to his profile.
“The complainant then asked for Ravi’s location and was told the latter is on DSK Road.
“The accused then told the complainant to come over for sexual intercourse. Thereafter, the complainant headed over to DSK Road around 11:30 am where he met the young man.
“The two went to Ravi’s room and began getting intimate but suddenly, three men entered the room with sticks.
“They kicked the complainant, thrashed him with the sticks and told him that they have made a video of the encounter.”
According to Inspector Umre, the attackers threatened to upload the video online.
They then took Rs. 10,000 (£100) in cash, two gold rings and two silver rings from the victim. They also took his Google Pay details in the hope of obtaining more money.
However, when that did not work, the attackers forced the Indian man to reveal his debit card PIN number. The attackers went to an ATM and withdrew Rs. 81,000 (£830).
Although the incident happened on August 9, the victim did not report it until August 30 out of fear that the video would be uploaded online.
He also feared that his personal life would be affected due to him being on a gay dating app looking to meet men.
However, after telling a friend, he was encouraged to go to the police and explain what had happened.
It was revealed that Ravi had targeted the victim so he lured him through Grindr.
Inspector Umre added:
“The man lodged the complaint at our police station on August 30.”
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that a gang of robbers is responsible and targeted the victim via the Grindr app.
“The case has been registered under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) and 394 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code and the accused will be arrested soon.”