Vulgar mails put man in jail

A software pro has been arrested for flooding the e-mail boxes of some women with obscene mails and pictures, in a rare application of the IT Act for a cyber crime.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 12:30 IST

A software professional has been arrested for allegedly flooding the e-mail boxes of some women with obscene mails and pictures, in a rare application of the Information Technology (IT) Act for a cyber crime in Kolkata.

News reports said 25-year-old Surojit Pal, the employee of a Salt Lake-based software firm, was arrested Wednesday by the detective department on the charge of sending obscene e-mails and pictures to a group of women working with a help-line in south Kolkata.

"Pal has been booked under the Information Technology (IT) Act. This is the first time we have applied the act after it was passed in 2000," said Gyanwant Singh, deputy commissioner of police (detective department).

Pal, a systems developer, had first pretended to be a person suffering from a number of problems in his personal life and called up the NGO's help-line that provides psychological counselling.

He used to frequently talk to woman counsellors over the phone but when he started becoming a nuisance with his obscene intentions they stopped taking his calls.

Pal, who did a master's in computer science from a Sikkim-based university, created a fictitious e-mail account and sent the first obscene mail Jan 13 after procuring the official e-mail ids of the woman counsellors of the NGO.

"He did not use the same mail account to send the second mail with obscene photographs March 25. He created another account for the second crime," said Singh.

"Initially, the NGO officers thought one of their employees was involved. But later they lodged a police complaint sensing it is the job of an outsider," Singh said.

Police contacted the agency that provided Internet services to the NGO. The first mail was checked and the code of the computer used to send the message noted down. It was found that the first mail was sent from a software firm in Salt Lake.

"The guy from Srerampore near Kolkata is a computer expert and thought he would never be caught. But his home computer for sending one of the mails at Shovabazar in north Kolkata was tracked down and he was arrested," police said.

First Published: May 04, 2006 18:49 IST