Man who blackmailed minors by sending morphed pics arrested
Delhi Police arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly harassing more than 50 minor girls in the age group of 9-16, by sending them their morphed photos and abusive messages through WhatsApp and Facebook. According to the police, the accused has been identified as Rajesh Gambhir. “Unhappy that he was not married while all his friends were married and posted happy pictures on their social networking sites, Rajesh took to committing such an act,” shared investigators.
Investigators said that on September 22, a father of a class IX student, who studies at a reputed school, reported to the police that an unknown man has been sending her morphed pictures on her mobile phone through WhatsApp. The complainant said that the accused threatened the class IX student that he will put those photographs on Facebook if she did not pay him a suitable amount. Based on which, a case was registered and investigation was taken up.
Police said that during the course of investigation, cops found that the mobile number which was used to send pictures to the girl was obtained on a fake identity proof. Since the number was obtained on fake id, through technical surveillance, cops somehow managed to trace the accused Rajesh and arrested him from his house in Basant Nagar.
Police said that Rajesh ran a mobile phone shop from his residence. Three mobile phones and a SIM card, which were used by him for sending objectionable photos to the victims were recovered from his possession.
Investigators said that on all the three mobile phones, cops found morphed pictures of the complainant’s daughter as well as other victims. Pictures of around 40 girls in the age group of 9-16 were found in his mobile phone.
“During sustained interrogation, Rajesh disclosed that he used to surf profile pictures on Facebook by adding any female name randomly and saved those pictures. Later, he used to add faces of such girls with objectionable obscene female images from his mobile phone,” said a senior police official.
Police said that they are interrogating Rajesh at length to know if he had extorted money on the pretext of blackmailing innocent girls on account that he will make public their morphed pictures.
Police said that since he sold SIM cards from his shop, he obtained the numbers from the used identity documents of customers for procuring SIM cards for himself. To avoid getting caught, Rajesh had also blocked about 40 mobile numbers which police suspected belonged to the parents of his victims.