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Man from Uttar Pradesh arrested for trying to extort Rs1 lakh from woman in Mumbai

The man threatened the woman, saying if she failed to pay the money he would upload her morphed pictures.

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 00:22 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,extortion,Uttar Pradesh

The Samta Nagar police have arrested a man from Uttar Pradesh for allegedly blackmailing a 26-year-old woman from Kandivli and trying to extort Rs1 lakh from her. He was brought to Mumbai on Saturday. The man threatened the woman, saying if she failed to pay the money he would upload her morphed pictures. According to the police, the woman lives with her husband in Kandivli. The accused used to work for the woman’s husband in a private company.

He left the city a year ago and started living at his native place in Azamgarh.

“He was a Facebook (FB) friend of the woman and would often chat with her over family matters. Recently, he messaged her that he needed money. She did not reply to him, which prompted him to morph her Facebook pictures,” said a police officer. He sent the morphed pictures to her and demanded Rs1 lakh. He even sent his bank account number to her and threatened if she would not deposit the money, he would circulate her pictures on social media, added the officer. After discussing the matter among themselves, the couple registered a complaint with the Samta Nagar police station.

After the complaint police started investigation and found the residential address of the man, who was arrested from Azamgarh, added the official.

“The accused was brought to Mumbai on Saturday morning and produced in the Borivli court. He is in police custody till July 24,” said Vinay Rathod, deputy commissioner of police (zone 12). “It seems that he has tried to cheat other women too. We have seized his mobile phone,” said another officer.

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First Published: Jul 24, 2017 00:22 IST