The Kolkata Police on Friday busted an inter-State racket operating in Kolkata and Bihar, the members of which allegedly raped and duped a 22-year-old Japanese tourist in November 2014.

“We have arrested five persons, three from Kolkata two from Gaya in Bihar. The gang used to dupe and sometimes physically abuse Japanese tourists,” Pallab Kanti Ghosh, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime), told journalists at Lalbajar Police headquarters.

Mr Ghosh said that the gang members, fluent in Japanese language, also comprised of a few who had married Japanese women and were settled in Kolkata.

The complaint was made to the Kolkata Police through the Japanese Consulate on December 26, 2014, nearly a month after the incident occurred.

The woman who had alleged gang-rape by at least two persons at Fattepur, about 45 km from Bodh Gaya in Bihar. She was earlier taken to Digha in Paschim Medinipur district for sightseeing. There the woman was duped of Rs.76,000 and also molested.

“She was then forced to board a bus to Bodh Gaya where allegedly two persons gang-raped her. The incident of gang-rape occurred between November 23 and November 24,” he said.

While two persons have been charged with gang-rape, others have been booked under charges of cheating, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and wrongful confinement.

The police said that the gang operating out of Central Kolkata had duped other tourists in the past, but this is the first time that the police received a complaint from a Japanese tourist. The city police formed a special team comprising of officials from detective department, women grievance cell and the bank fraud cell.

“Since Bodh Gaya is one of the most sought after destinations by the Japanese tourists, those operating in the gang had links with others in Bodh Gaya,” Mr Ghosh said.

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