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Man held for blackmailing woman colonel in Delhi, cops probe links with ISI

The colonel told Delhi Police that she was warned that her morphed pictures and her personal information would be leaked on social media if she didn’t cooperate with the callers asking for sensitive information

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2017 15:16 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
ISI,Pakistan,Special Cell
The accused caught in Delhi allegedly travelled to Pakistan often and had provided Indian mobile phone SIM cards to his relatives there.(HT Photo)

A man in his 30s was arrested in north Delhi’s Chandni Mahal for allegedly blackmailing a colonel with morphed pornographic photographs to pass sensitive military information, police said on Tuesday.

Investigators are trying to ascertain if suspect Parvez Mohammad is working for the Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

But there is no evidence to prove any ISI links at the moment, other than the fact that Mohammad often travels to Pakistan and had provided Indian mobile phone SIM cards to some of his relatives there.

“It is possible that he could be harmlessly visiting relatives in Pakistan, but we are probing if he was working as an ISI agent,” said a senior officer with Delhi Police’s special cell.

The army officer, a resident of southwest Delhi’s Dwarka, alleged that she had been receiving her photos morphed into obscene pictures on her WhatsApp number and threat calls from two other phone numbers.

The colonel said she was warned that the pictures and her personal information would be leaked to social media if she didn’t cooperate with the callers.

Police said she refused to reveal some information, after which she began getting the threat calls.

Senior police officers said the colonel did not have access to much of the information that the suspect sought.

After she blocked the two numbers, her daughter started receiving morphed pictures and messages from the Facebook profile of a woman.

The army officer then approached police and a case was registered.

Mohammad was tracked down from details in the Facebook profile and phone call records, and arrested on September 13.

“The local police nabbed the suspect … As his links with Pakistan emerged, the special cell was brought in,” police spokesperson Dependra Pathak said.

Mohammad often speaks to people in Pakistan and gave Indian SIM cards to three Pakistanis, who are said to be on the run, according to investigators.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:36 IST