Ghaziabad’s Cyber Cell arrested a Rohtak resident for allegedly stalking and harassing innumerable women in the NCR by using a software which masks his number to make calls. The 22-year-old accused identified as Deepak was arrested on Saturday. At the time of arrest, the police found chats and phone numbers of more than 500 women in his cell phone.
Kalanidhi Naithani, SSP, Ghaziabad said, “A case of cyber stalking and cyber bullying had been filed. The Cyber Cell team laid a trap and traced the IP address of the accused. It was found he would harass multiple women from different states. We are gathering digital evidence on his previous criminal activities.”
“The cyber operation lasted one month, in which we tried to trace the accused’s location. From one of the WhatsApp calls, we enquired about the IP address. In such cases, it is possible the address is registered to a fake ID. In this case, the ID was found to be the accused’s own registration which helped us zero in on him. He was an expert in registering fake accounts on WhatsApp using other people’s numbers. We request people to carefully authenticate WhatsApp to prevent misuse,” said Abhay Mishra, in charge of Ghaziabad Cyber Cell.
The police stated that the accused Deepak is a Class V dropout. He would dial different combinations of numbers and if a woman picked it up, he would save their number. Then, he would allegedly send them obscene photos and messages on WhatsApp. If the woman would block his number, he would use a software to mask his number which would show the receiver an untraceable international number.
The police began their search for Deepak after a woman lawyer filed a complaint. The complainant told police she had been getting incessant calls and messages from a number which appeared to be a number from South Korea and the Philippines. Police traced the accused to Haryana, based on the address listed by the internet service provider. The police have booked the accused under relevant sections of the IT Act.
Khushi Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV
Published at Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:03:00 +0000