An Indian Army major was arrested here Monday for allegedly taking obscene photographs of a woman and attempting to blackmail her, police said.
The officer, identified as Major Tarun Singh, 27, is posted at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and is in Goa on a holiday, Inspector Nolasco Raposo told reporters, adding he was staying in a hotel adjacent to a room occupied by a Mumbai-based family, which included the complainant.
"The major took some photographs of the woman having a bath by removing some of the sliding glass bars fitted to the window," Raposo said. Singh then started threatening the woman via the hotel intercom, claiming that he would post her nude photos on the Internet.
"He wanted to use the photographs as a leverage because he wanted her to come to his room for obvious reasons," Raposo said, adding that Singh had even sent a written note to the woman asking her to meet him in his room.
Raposo said the officer had not revealed his army background during initial questioning.
"We have seized his camera and his laptop where he had stored the images. We have contacted army officials who will help us to identify the antecedents and the regiment to which the accused belongs," Raposo said.
The army declined immediate comment, saying it would have to first study the facts of the case.