An Information Technology professional accused of harassing a woman on social media for the past four months has finally landed in the police net.
The techie, whose proposal a woman shot down, allegedly made accounts in her name on social media, uploaded obscene photos on her wall and wrote vulgar messages on her posts to defame her.
He allegedly bought several SIM cards, including an international number from which he sent obscene texts not only to her, but also her family members.
The techie, Aman Singh, a BTech in Information Technology, who had allegedly been harassing the woman for the past four months landed in the police net on February 16. The police recovered mobile phones, international SIM cards, an Apple Mac Book, a tab and a Dell laptop from Singh’s possession.
The matter came to fore after a woman approached the police stating that a person was harassing her sister-in-law on social media. She said that the woman had met the accused once at a college fest in Delhi following which both became friends, but soon fell apart.
Since their tiff, the woman stopped talking to him, but he kept calling her from different numbers forcing her to keep in touch. She alleged that when the woman refused, he threatened to defame her.
“The woman alleged that Singh started harassing her sister-in-law on social media sites. When she did not respond, he allegedly started sending unwarranted messages on WhatsApp to all of her family members with sexual remarks. He also threatened her with dire consequences. She said that the victim went into depression,” DCP, West Vijay Kumar said.
A team was then engaged to crack the case by using technical expertise. “All the relevant information, technical data from social media sites and service providers was accessed. During investigation it was found that the accused sent filthier messages, texts and photographs on the woman’s mobile through social media and mobile applications,” Kumar said.
Following this the woman and her family also started receiving messages and calls from international numbers. “The team of Cyber Crime Cell kept closely monitored the calls and inferred that the calls and messages were sent through mobile applications. Call detail records of the numbers were studied and it was found that the accused used his friend’s SIM to send messages,” Kumar said.
A technical chase led the police to the accused on February 16. During questioning, Singh disclosed that he met the woman at a college fest and got attracted to her. He said he became very possessive about her and wanted her at any cost.
“The woman warned him several times but he kept contacting her and eventually started harassing her on social media. After he started sending messages to the woman’s family members, her parents asked her to remain at home and even stopped her from going to college, fearing social boycott,” Kumar said.
“Singh not only made a fake ID on Facebook using the woman’s Gmail account and sent obscene messages to her family members, but also took advantage of mobile applications available on internet to call and send messages and chats to them. He has been arrested and is being questioned,” a police officer said.
The accused, Aman Singh, a resident of west Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area, made the best of his technological skills to create multiple fake accounts to send messages and make calls to the victim from fake international numbers using various mobile applications, deputy commissioner of police Vijay Kumar said.
“The over-smart engineer displayed his all technical skills to mislead police, but cyber crime cell succeeded” in tracking him down from his residence on Monday night, Kumar said.
Singh, who was working with a reputed IT company and drew a “good package” in salary, had befriended the victim during a college fest in 2015 where they became friends but broke up after a couple of months, according to Kumar.
The police officer said Singh was unable to come to terms with the break-up and started harassing the girl in social media networking sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. The victim did not respond to his messages.
In frustration, the accused started sending “unwarranted messages” to her family members.
“He also threatened them. He created a fake account of the victim on ‘Facebook’ and sent friend requests to her friends and family members with obscene comments,” Kumar said.
During investigation, police found that the accused used a Jio SIM of his college friend to send messages as an unknown person.
Kumar said the accused confessed the crime. Police have seized his mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets that he used to send messages.