The man behind the Rs 251 smartphone scam was one of the three arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for allegedly threatening the rape victim for a year.
The accused Mohit Goyal, Sumit Yadav and Vineet are involved in 50 cases of cheating, police said on Saturday. They wanted to take revenge on the rape accused Vikas Mittal and decided to threaten the victim by becoming a rapist.
In August last, Mittal had allegedly raped a woman in Dwarka and lodged a complaint. Mittal was arrested from IGI Airport. However, the victim continued to receive death threats from unknown people over the rape. A month later, an unidentified person caught hold of the victim near the Civil Lines metro station and allegedly threatened her. The case was registered with the help of an ‘eyewitness’ Sumit Yadav, who was later ‘shot’.
In December 2020, the Supreme Court transferred the case to the Crime Branch and directed them to arrest the woman and the men who threatened Yadav. An investigation was launched into the threat calls and the suspects were identified, but they kept changing whereabouts.
JCP (Crime) Alok Kumar said that his team first arrested Vineet (31) from Gurgaon. He confessed to harassing the rape victim and said that he was working with Yadav and Goel. Goyal was arrested from Noida and Yadav was arrested from Chandigarh.
During interrogation, the police found that Goyal is Mittal’s brother-in-law and had a business dispute with him. When Mittal was accused of rape, Goyal planned to get him arrested and called the rape victim.
His associates also took a flight to Ujjain to keep an eye on Mittal’s movements. When they were arrested, they planned to intimidate the victim further to target Mittal. The police also found that Goel had kept Yadav as an eyewitness.
Goyal is also behind the ‘India’s cheapest smartphone’ scam. He had founded Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd and launched the smartphone – Freedom 251 – at affordable rates under the Digital India program of the Government of India. Police said that he is involved in 48 cases of fraud.
He told the police that he suspected Mittal was behind his initial arrest and planned to take revenge. Police said he took his employees Yadav and Vineet along.