21 Aug 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Sana Khan Murder: Victim Was Forced Into Sextortion Racket By Accused Amit Sahu

JABALPUR: The police investigating Nagpur-based BJP functionary Sana Khan's murder earlier this month in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur said they have found that she was allegedly forced into a sextortion racket run by her husband Amit Sahu and others. They used Sana as "honey-trap".

The accused trapped several men in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and earned crores of rupees by blackmailing the victims, police said.

Sana's mother on Sunday lodged a complaint with the Nagpur police. She alleged that her daughter was threatened and forced to join the sextortion racket.

A case was registered against Sana's husband Amit alias Pappu Sahu (37) and his accomplices based on her complaint.

Sahu and two others have already been arrested by the police in connection with Sana's murder. Sana was murdered by Amit earlier this month in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh when she came from Nagpur to Jabalpur to visit her husband.

Sana had gone untraceable after leaving for Jabalpur to meet Amit Sahu

Sana Khan, 34, was the BJP minority cell's functionary in Nagpur. Her mother Mehrunisha, a resident of Awasthi Nagar in Nagpur, had lodged a missing person's complaint when her daughter went untraceable after leaving for Jabalpur on August 1 to meet Amit Sahu.

Amit Sahu was later arrested and told the police that Sana was his wife and he murdered her over monetary and personal issues and later threw her body in a river in Jabalpur.

Khan's mother lodged a complaint, alleging that her daughter was forced into joining the sextortion racket operated by Sahu and others. After that, the Mankapur police registered a case against Sahu and his accomplices from Nagpur, Jabalpur and Seoni, police said.

Gang used to target male victims and send Sana Khan to them

Police investigation so far has revealed Amit that Sahu led a gang in which Sana was used as a honey-trap. The gang used to target male victims and send Sana Khan to them. Thereafter, she used to develop physical relationships with them. After that she used to record videos and photographs of the victims in compromising positions, and blackmail such persons to extort money.

This way, the members of the racket used to extort lakhs of rupees from each victim spread across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, through which they earned crores of rupees, the official added.

Sana Khan became part of the racket in March 2021, which continued till her death.

Amit Sahu amassed substantial wealth through sextortion racket

"The prime accused Amit Sahu amassed substantial wealth through this sextortion racket, police said.

The police registered a case against Sahu and others under Sections 384, 386 and 389 (all pertaining to extortion), 354 (D) (stalking), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, and the Information Technology Act, the police said.

According to police, the relationship between Sahu and Khan had soured after the former grew suspicious about her character.

Following a heated argument over the issue at Sahu's residence in Jabalpur, he murdered her, they said.

Apart from Sahu, police have arrested Ramesh Singh and Dharmendra Yadav, both also from Jabalpur, in connection with Khan's murder, they added.

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