Mumbai: Police arrested a man for blackmailing friend with private photos.
An official said that the Mumbai police’s crime branch on Tuesday arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly stalking his friend on Instagram using a fake profile and threatening to circulate private photos and video of her on social media.
While briefing to the media, the senior officials said that based on a complaint lodged by the 23-year-old woman, the police arrested the accused from Kalwa in neighbouring Thane city.
Furtherly he said that the woman had lodged a complaint at Borivali police station on September 6 alleging that she was being stalked by an unidentified man on Instagram, who was threatening to circulate her private photographs on social media.
In addition to this, he said that the police registered an offence under relevant sections of the IPC and the Information Technology Act and in the course of the investigation, zeroed in on the accused, who turned out to be her college friend.
On interrogation, the accused revealed that he had been in touch with the complainant since college days and had somehow managed to access her email id and password, the official added.
The accused had found photos of the woman with another friend and angered by this, he created a fake profile on Instagram and started harassing her.