Archana Nag Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Archana Nag is an Indian businesswoman who was arrested by the Odisha police on 6 October 2022 for allegedly extorting money from rich and influential people such as politicians, businessmen, and film producers by blackmailing and threatening them with photos and videos of their intimate moments.

Wiki/Biography

Archana Nag Chand [1] was born on 27 February in Kenduguda village in Lanjigarh locality, Kalahandi, Odisha, India. [2] Her zodiac sign is Pisces. Archana attended Capital High School Unit-3 in Bhubaneswar. She pursued her graduation in integrated law at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Khordha, Odisha, but as per some media sources, it is not confirmed whether she completed her degree or not. [3]

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 3″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour:  Black

Family

Parents & Siblings

Archana’s father, Surendra Nath Nag, served as the president of the Niyamgiri Land Losers’ Association (NLLA) in Lanjigarh, Bhubaneswar.

Archana Nag’s father, Surendra Nath Nag

Husband & Children

In 2018, Archana married Jagabandhu Chand, who belongs to Jaleswar in Balasore.

Archana Nag, along with her husband, Jagabandhu Chand

In Jaleswar, Jagabandhu worked at his father’s grocery store, and he later shifted to Bhubaneswar to work at a hotel. In 2018, he came in contact with Archana, while she was working at a beauty parlour and married her. The couple has a son.

A picture of Archana Nag’s son

Other Relative

A picture of Archana Nag’s father-in-law

Religion

Archana Nag follows Hinduism.

Archana Nag with the idol of Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

Address

Archana resides in Satya Vihar in Bhubaneswar.

The rags-to-riches story

Background

Archana Nag hailed from a poor family in the Kalahandi district, a place which was once a centre of extreme poverty and starvation deaths. [4] In 2015, she shifted to Bhubaneswar and reportedly started working with a private security company. After working there for a few days, she joined a beauty parlour in Baramunda, Bhubaneswar.

The honey-trapping plan

After getting married to Jagabandhu Chand, Archana, along with her husband, allegedly ran a sex racket while working in the beauty parlour. Her husband, Jagabandhu, operated a used car showroom, and he addressed himself as a political party supporter to get along with several influential persons like politicians, builders, businessmen, film markers, and others. As per sources, Archana introduced herself as a lawyer, and particularly made connections with rich and influential people of Odisha and allegedly provided them with the opportunity to get intimate with other women. Reportedly, she was accused of supplying women as per the need of the interested party in return for a lump sum of money. To extort money from the concerned party, Archana used to shoot and capture their intimate moments and later blackmailed them for money. As per sources, Archana allegedly involved 15 girls, who used to work as per the instructions given by her to trap the powerful personalities of Bhubaneswar in the sex racket. [5] She extorted crores of rupees from several rich and powerful personalities in the state, by threatening to release photos and videos of their intimate moments. Within a few months of their marriage, the couple amassed assets, jewellery, and cars worth crores. Archana was appointed as the director of Additya Prestige Agro Private Limited on 9 January 2021 and Golden Empress Private Limited on 29 June 2022. Soon, she became the owner of ABC motors, a pre-owned car showroom in Rasulgarh, Bhubaneshwar and Aditya Villa Production House in Sundarpada, Bhubaneswar. However, her plan of honey-trapping backfired when the Odia film producer Akshay Parija lodged a complaint against her of threatening and blackmailing him.

Landed in trouble

On 6 October 2022, Archana was arrested on the basis of the complaint lodged by a woman on 2 October 2022 at the Khandagiri police station, and she was accused of blackmailing rich and powerful personalities of the state by trapping them in a sex racket. The victim alleged that she was used in trapping several people in the sex racket including the Odia film producer Akshay Parija. The complainant claimed that Archana, and her husband, invited her to a party in 2019, added sedatives to her drink and clicked her indecent pictures. They threatened and forced her to be a part of their sex trade. She revealed that Archana used to threaten various political party members, businessmen, and other prominent personalities with offensive pictures and videos and extorted huge amounts of money from them. In April 2022, Archana asked the victim to chat with Akshay, and she was forced to initiate a physical relationship with him. On the other hand, Akshay Parija filed an FIR against Archana Nag at Nayapalli police station alleging that Archana blackmailed him with his objectionable private photos with a woman. Akshay claimed that Archana called him at a hotel, intoxicated him with a drink and captured his intimate photos following which she demanded 3 crores from him and even threatened to leak his pictures and videos. While addressing the press reporters, Akshay said,

Archana struck a deal with me at a city-based posh hotel and demanded Rs 3 crore from me. She threatened to kill me by cutting me into pieces if I did not oblige.” [6]

During a press meet, the deputy commissioner of police, Prateek Singh, revealed the honey-trapping plan of Archana and said,

 A case was registered against Archana Nag on October 2 at Khandagiri police station. The case 496/22 has been registered against her under 387, 420 and 506 IT Act. Her modus operandi was she first very cunningly developed friendship with the victims. She then called them to her house and got intimate with them. She then recorded intimate videos through secret cameras and later blackmailed the victims, some of whom were from influential backgrounds.” [7]

Police arrested her under sections 341, 328, 324, 354C, 370, 386/387/388, 389, 419/420, 465, 506, 120B of IPC and section 66E, 67 of the IT Act. While Archana was taken to the court by police, she addressed the press and said,

I will tell everything at the right time. I will tell everything, but please wait for the right time. Police investigation will reveal everything. But, I request media to not spread fake news about me without any proof.” [8]

 

Police arrested her husband, Jagabandhu Chand, on 22 October 2022, in connection with the blackmailing and extortion case.

The untold story of revenge

A social activist, Lingaraj Azad, who is known to Archana Nag’s family revealed that Archana had a problematic childhood as she was gang-raped by four men when she was a teenager. According to him, Archana’s father was ousted from his own ancestral property to initiate the construction of some projects. He, along with other villagers, led several protests against the projects’ construction. In revenge, a few anti-social elements namely Raju, Surya Narayan aka Landu, and Karan Kumar Pradhan allegedly kidnapped her and gang-raped her. A case was registered against them at Lanjigarh police station on 4 October 2008, but it was reportedly suppressed by the dominant party using money and political influence. According to Lingaraj, to move on from the trauma that she faced in her teenage, Archana left her native village without prior informing her family and never went back. He shared a post in favour of Archana Nag on his Facebook handle and wrote,

Truth must come to the fore and perhaps Archana’s mental agony forced her to become what she is today. Her gangrape reminds me of the story of much-debated bandit queen Phoolan Devi from Uttar Pradesh. So-called dignitaries of the erstwhile society had remained silent when this minor gangrape survivor had to face the trauma. She is said to be giving sleepless nights to a number of luminaries in Odisha, these days. But, who are actually at fault? ‘Good’ or ‘bad’ are never absolute terms; rather, those should be interpreted in a very relative sense. Public figures directly or indirectly associated with Archana must be brought within the purview of probe. The accused woman should not be blamed alone for all that has recently happened.” [9]

A picture of the FIR filed by Lanjigarh police against the accused in Archana Nag’s gang rape case

Car Collection

Archana owns a BMW X3, Ford Endeavor, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Mahindra Thar, and Toyota Fortuner car.

Archana Nag with her BMW X3 car

Archana Nag, along with her husband, Jagabandhu Chand, posing with her brand new car, Ford Endeavor

Archana Nag with her Mahindra Thar

Assets/Properties

According to some sources, Archana, along with her husband, Jagabandhu Chand, has obtained property worth Rs 30 crores since 2018. [10] Archana owns a luxurious three-storey bungalow worth Rs 3 crore in Satya Vihar and a farmhouse at Nakhara in Bhubaneswar. [11]

Archana Nag’s bungalow in Bhubaneswar

Facts/Trivia

  • In October 2022, it was reported that Odia filmmaker, Sridhar Martha, found Archana Nag’s story interesting, and he decided to make a feature film on her life. [12]

  • According to her Facebook handle, Archana worked as a lawyer at the Odisha High Court. [13]
  • Babu Singh, a member of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), claimed that at least 25 political leaders belonging to the party Biju Janata Dal (BJD), were included in Archana’s sex racket. [14]
  • As per sources, Archana had prepared a list of 50 influential personalities from Odisha to target and extort money from them. [15]
  • Archana has a total of four foreign-breed pet dogs and a white horse, which she bought for Rs 6 lakh from Kolkata. [16]

    An Instagram post shared by Archana Nag’s husband in which he is showcasing his newly bought horse