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Mumbai: Youth held for blackmailing minor using morphed images, videos of her

The Mumbai crime branch on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old student of a reputed Mumbai college for threatening and blackmailing a minor college student by using her pictures and videos from Instagram.

The accused had allegedly morphed the victim’s pictures and videos she had uploaded on her Instagram with pornographic content.

The doctored videos and pictures were then uploaded by the accused on his Instagram account, who then contacted the victim and threatened to make them viral unless she did as he asked her to do.

The victim received similar messages from the accused on her Snapchat account following which she filed a complaint with police.

Primary investigation revealed that the accused was not using a SIM card in the mobile phone from which he was using his Instagram and Snapchat accounts to blackmail the victim.

The Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police helped identify the location from where the Wi-Fi network was frequently used to send the messages.

Once the area was located, the crime branch officials apprehended the accused at in central Mumbai.

The mobile phone used to send the messages was recovered from the accused.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that he had earlier targeted two more victims using the same modus operandi.

As of now, the accused has been handed over to the LT Marg police station in South Mumbai.


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