Pune: Facebook friend turns extortionist after obtaining personal photos of city-based doctor

Salil Urunkar
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

According to police, the complainant, a 27-year-old woman working with the PMC on a contractual basis, demanded Rs 40 thousand from the suspect who met her online.

Pune: A city-based 27-year-old doctor accepted a friend request on the social network Facebook from an unknown person… they shared mobile numbers with each other and started chatting on Whatsapp but later that unknown person obtained some explicit photos of the doctor and blackmailed her to pay Rs 40 thousand for not making those photos viral on social media.

The victim practices with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on contractual basis. She has lodged a complaint in this regard at the Warje police station. Based on her complaint, Warje police have registered an FIR against the unknown suspect. The suspect has been booked under section 354D (stalking) and 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to police, the complainant, a 27-year-old woman working with the PMC on a contractual basis, demanded Rs 40 thousand from the suspect who met her online. An unknown person had sent her a friend request on the social media platform Facebook which she accepted. The account from which the friend request was placed was in the name of one Komal Deshmukh. The complainant, unaware that this might be a fake account using a girl's name, accepted the friend request on the social network. This incident took place in December 2019.

The unknown person with the fake account started chatting with the complainant and gained her confidence. The two also shared mobile numbers with each other and started chatting on WhatsApp messaging service on mobile. A few days later, the mobile phone of the complainant was damaged due to some reason. Meanwhile, the suspect had managed to obtain personal photos of the doctor in compromising positions. After getting the photos, the suspect started blackmailing the doctor and asked her to pay Rs 40 thousand or else he would make those photos viral on social media.

The complainant then realised that this persona is a man who had created a fake account using a girl's name on the social network Facebook. She then blocked the number of the suspect and approached Warje police to file a complaint. Senior Police Inspector Machhindra Pandit from Warje police station is investigating the case.

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