City’s ‘mobile’ stalker arrested
A mechanical engineer, who stalked more than 100 college girls and posted their morphed photos online, has been arrested, reports Ravi Bajpai.delhi Updated: Dec 23, 2007 01:06 IST
A mechanical engineer, who stalked more than 100 college girls all over India, asking them to befriend him, has been arrested. Crime Branch officers said 30-year-old Vivek Kanwat would first make a friendship offer over the phone at odd hours. When the girls refused, he would post their ‘indecently morphed’ photographs along with their mobile phone numbers on a prominent social networking site. This is the first such case in India.
He would even call up the girls’ parents and neighbours saying the girls were prostitutes. The police said Kanwat had a directory of more than 20,000 phone numbers of girls from Delhi, Chennai, Gorakhpur and Bangalore. Six stolen phones and 25 SIM cards were also recovered from him. At least 75 of his victims were from northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh. “After several failed attempts to befriend girls, he decided to harass them,” said Satyendra Garg, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime). Kanwat would sneak into his neighbours’ houses and steal mobile phones of college girls. He then scanned the phones’ contact list and took down numbers of other girls. He also got numbers from the MTNL website and social networking sites.
Kanwat recently joined the Bokaro Steel Plant as a trainee engineer. His parents live in Shalimar Bagh, and he was visiting them when he was arrested.