2 OYO hotel staffs held for blackmailing girl through obscene video in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police on Friday conducted a raid at OYO ‘Sai Arya Residency’ hotel here and arrested two staff on charges of installing hidden cameras in rooms and later blackmailing customers.

The raid was conducted at the hotel, located in the Nayapalli area in the city, on the basis of a complaint lodged by a girl who along with her partner had stayed in the hotel on November 5.

According to reports, the accused had made a video of some intimate moments of the couple during their stay in the hotel. The video was  reportedly filmed through hidden camera installed at key whole of the hotel room.

Later, the accused demanded Rs 50000 from the couple threatening to make the video go viral on social media if money was not paid to them.

The complainant called the accused to CRP square in the city to give the said money and overpowered them with the help of locals, and informed the police.

Meanwhile, the OYO spokesperson said, “What’s been described is completely unacceptable. OYO Hotels & Homes is fully committed to ensuring the privacy, safety, and security of all our guests. Any act of misconduct by any of our partner hotels or staff thereat falls under the zero-tolerance zone for us. We would like to share that there was no hidden camera found at the hotel.”

“We have already initiated action against the errant staff member and he has been suspended with immediate effect. We are in touch with the guest and are providing all possible assistance. We stand ready to support the law enforcement authorities in their investigation,” he added.

A case has been registered at Nayapalli police station in this connection and further probe is underway, police said.

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