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One arrested from Goa for blackmailing Gurgaon man

The man’s phone had been stolen and he had been getting calls threatening to put his photos from the phone online if he didn’t pay the caller Rs80 lakh

gurgaon Updated: Jun 23, 2017 22:33 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
hindustan times
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The man, who works in CyberHub, started getting threatening phone calls from March this year.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

The Gurgaon police on Thursday evening arrested a man from Goa for allegedly blackmailing a Gurgaon resident whose phone was stolen from there last October. The man had been allegedly demanding Rs80 lakh in return for not leaking ‘personal photos and videos’ from the phone online.

The police said they also recovered the stolen phone from him and the man told them that he hasn’t forwarded the photos and videos to anyone. He is now being brought to Gurgaon.

Vishal Singh (name changed), who works in CyberHub, had lost his phone at a hotel when he had gone to Goa for a vacation last year. He couldn’t find it despite several efforts and returned to Gurgaon without it.

However, in March this year, he began getting calls from an unknown person who said he had “very personal videos and pictures” of Vishal and his friends in his possession. According to Vishal, the man threatened that he would leak the photos and videos on WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook if he wasn’t paid Rs80 lakh.

When Vishal received the first call, he had dismissed it as a prank. However, he realised that the passwords to his emails and social media accounts had been compromised and several pictures that he had deleted after losing his phone had been retrieved.

“We received a complaint on June 12 after the complainant had nowhere else to go. He first tried to deal with the extortionists himself, but their demand remained unchanged,” said inspector Sudip Singh, station house officer (SHO), DLF Phase 2.

An FIR in this regard was registered under sections 379 (theft) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Singh said they had sent a team to Goa two to three days ago.

“We took the complainant with us to identify the man. We had the phone numbers from which he was threatening Vishal. We had sent the numbers to the Goa police and caught the man after some effort,” said Singh.

He added that the man, around 23 years of age, has revealed the name of a friend who was also involved in making the calls. The man is being questioned further.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 22:32 IST