Palakkad: The police here booked six persons in a case pertaining to honey-trapping an industrialist. Devu and Gokul Deep, a couple who are popular as Instagram influencers were also arrested in the case. It is learnt that a four-member gang hired the couple to trap the industrialist. The other accused are identified as Pala native Sarath (24), Irinjalakuda natives Ajith (20), Vinay (24) and Jishnu (20).
The accused had sent messages and befriended the industrialist via Instagram in the guise of a woman. The accused who used to chat with the industrialist introduced himself as a woman who is married to an expatriate and living with her ailing mother.
When the industrialist expressed his wish to meet the woman in person, the accused hired Devu and Gokul Deep. Later, the gang of criminals asked the industrialist to reach a house in Yakkara, which was taken for rent by the accused.
The group embezzled his gold chain, car, mobile phone, debit/ credit cards, official documents and cash after threatening him by capturing his photos and videos. However, the industrialist could escape when the group was taking him to their flat in Kodungallur for looting more from him. After escaping from their grip, the industrialist reached Town South police station and lodged a complaint there.