NEW DELHI: Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell North District arrested an IIT Kharagpur student for allegedly cyber stalking 50 girls and teachers of reputed schools in North Delhi.
The hi-tech cyber stalker pursuing B-Tech from IIT Kharagpur and was allegedly involved in uploading morphed nude photos of minor girls.
The accused used hi-tech apps for fake caller ID and virtual numbers available on PlayStore to contact and harass victims who were all minor.
According to the police, a complaint from a reputed school regarding the online stalking of minor girls and teachers of the school was received by the Civil Lines police station on August 6 this year.
The complainant alleged that a cyber criminal is cyber stalking minor girls of the school and also sending WhatsApp messages and calling teachers of the school from various international numbers and from numbers of students and teachers itself.
They further alleged that cyber stalker is entering online classes of school and joining WhatsApp groups without the approval of admin and changing group icons.
The man was also involved in circulating several morphed photos of the students on several social media platforms.
The dedicated team of Cyber Cell initiated an investigation into the matter and started working on the leads provided by the school.
According to the police, the accused used a number spoofing app through which he used to call victims. The victims would see their own mobile number displayed on their screen. Then using virtual numbers he used to send WhatsApp messages to share morphed nude photos of victims and blackmailed them.
He also created several fake Instagram accounts of minor girls for contacting other known girls of the victims and joined a WhatsApp group created for online classes of school by asking links.
Accused also entered online classes of the school using links provided by the victims whom he was blackmailing. He used voice changing application while contacting his target on WhatsApp calls.
Intensive investigation from 50 victims, teachers and parents provided crucial leads and the accused was identified as Mahavir Kumar resident of Patna.
He could be tracked through the internet logs secured from Instagram, WhatsApp and Gmail.
Police have recovered a mobile phone and a laptop from him. Police said he was harassing and cyber stalking minor girls for the past three years.
During questioning, Mahavir said that he came in contact with one of the students of the school and started contacting her friends from Instagram and other social media platforms. Accused Mahavir has good knowledge of apps and used the same for harassing and cyber stalking minor girls.
Further investigation is on to identify how many people he has targeted.
A dedicated team of Cyber Cell, North District led by SI RohitSaraswat(I/c Cyber Cell), comprising SI RohitBhardwaj, ASI Rajeev, W/HC Sunita, HC Mahatap, Ct Naveen and SI Praveenof PS Civil Lines under the close supervision of Inspr.Sanjeev Kumar, Inspr./Cyber Cell and overall supervision & guidance of Jaipal Singh, ACP/Operations were involved in cracking the case.
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