A man has been arrested from Lucknow for allegedly posing as a woman on Instagram and enticing minor girls to send him obscene photos and videos.
Abdul Samad, an air-conditioner mechanic, was arrested using technical surveillance from Lucknow (Photo: Tanseem Haider/India Today)
A 23-year-old man was arrested from Lucknow for allegedly posing as a woman on Instagram, using a fake profile and luring minor girls into sending him obscene pictures and videos.
The accused identified as Abdul Samad, an air-conditioner mechanic, was arrested using technical surveillance from Lucknow.
According to police, the accused used to initiate conversations with teenage children and watch their obscene photographs and videos.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “Our team from Fatehpur Beri police station apprehended Abdul Samad from his house in Lucknow and recovered his smart mobile phone containing the details of many girls and their obscene videos and photos.”
The matter came to light after a complaint was received on August 27 from a 15-year-old victim, who was also targeted by the accused in the same manner.
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During the course of the investigation, notices were sent to WhatsApp and Instagram to get the details of mobile numbers and Instagram IDs used by the accused.
Based on those details, the police team managed to trace the accused from Lucknow.
During interrogation, the accused disclosed that he represented himself as a woman to start conversations with a teenage girl.
“He had a keen interest in internet-based social sites, and he used to learn about it from YouTube. He had also learnt about some other applications like ‘Text Now’, wherein he used to send messages and made video calls to girls through international numbers. He has also represented himself as an NRI from Canada,” Atul Kumar Thakur said.
“When the girls used to send him their obscene videos and photos, he blackmailed them and also circulated those. He has multiple Instagram IDs. He used to keep on making new Instagram IDs so that his IDs could not be traced,” the officer added.
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