The culprit, Riyaz Ahmed alias Md Yahya-ul-Hassan alias Ankit, 32, of MIG-6, Huda colony, Mehdipatnam, used to work as a production manager at an advertising firm in Hyderabad and, since May 2016. He was working at a private firm in Delhi.
In April, a 30-year-old software engineer from Kundanbagh had lodged a complaint with the Panjagutta police alleging that Riyaz stole his office laptop after spiking his drink. The complainant alleged that Riyaz contacted him on phone by posing as a gay. Subsequently, Riyaz wanted to get physically intimate with the victim and came to the latter’s house at Kundanbagh when his family members were not there.
After reaching the victim’s flat, Riyaz spiked the victim’s drink with a sedative. After the latter fell unconscious, Riyaz stole his laptop and gold ornaments. The victim had to lodge a complaint as the official laptop stolen by Riyaz had some proprietary software installed in it. Subsequently, police kept a watch on the cell phones used by Riyaz and picked up some of his friends. Sensing that police were tracking him, Riyaz quit his Hyderabad job and fled to Delhi.
During further probe, police came to know that Riyaz had also duped several other educated young professionals in the same manner. Police managed to convince three such victims to lodge complaints at their local police stations, Gachibowli, Jawaharnagar and Neredmet. By tracking his cell phone and online activity, police picked up Riyaz from Vasant Vihar in New Delhi. On interrogation, Riyaz confessed to have duped nine people in Hyderabad. “Riyaz identifies his targets by browsing through Facebook pages and websites used by gay men to meet prospective partners. He befriends the victims by chatting up with them and also calling on their mobiles while posing as a gay,” DCP, West zone, A Venkateswara Rao said. The accused used to spike the drinks consumed by the victims with larozapm 2mg tablet. Police said that some of the victims were married men. Cops recovered 100tola gold and a laptop from his possession. He was remanded in judicial custody on Monday.