The son of a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh and his NRI friend were allegedly robbed of Rs 1.5 lakh by a woman escort and her accomplice at knife point outside a five-star hotel in Mumbai on Sunday, according to reports.
Mehar Singh Tanwar (40), son of BJP MP Kanwar Singh Tanwar, had hired the woman from an escorts agency during a trip to Mumbai with his friend. He told the Times of India that he picked the woman out of several whose images were sent to him by an operator named Samir from the agency, on Whatsapp.
The woman and her driver arrived at the hotel at around 1 AM and wanted to talk with the duo outside. Tanwar and his friend drove out of the hotel in Santacruz (East) with her and struck a deal of Rs 30,000. They were returning to the hotel when the driver pressed a knife to his stomach and robbed them of the cash. They were also threatened to get off the car once they reached the hotel. The driver sped off with the woman once they did.
Police picked up two persons from the agency for questioning from a rented room in Vakola where they allegedly operated, according to the TOI report.
The CCTV footage showed no violence. But the 10-minute footage from the hotel's lobby showed Tanwar and his friend entering the hotel premises in a car with the woman seated next to them, the report stated.
Tanwar is said to have called up police commissioner Rakesh Maria, who asked him to file a complaint at the Vakola police station, which he did.
Police registered a case under sections 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
"We are also recording the statements of the hotel staff and security personnel," inspector Mahadev Vavhale was quoted as saying by HT.