The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old engineering student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur from Patna for allegedly stalking girls and harassing teachers of a Delhi school on the internet.
The accused has been identified as Mahavir Kumar, a resident of Patna, who was arrested after a two-month-long investigation. Mahavir posed as a girl while allegedly stalking minor girls and called teachers from different international numbers with an intention to harass them, The Hindu reported.
Investigation revealed that Kumar’s motive was not to extort money but to get himself added to social media groups, police said. Lewd photos and videos were also recovered from his phone, they added, as per media reports.
Kumar used voice-changing apps to reach the victims and allegedly generated morphed nude photographs and uploaded them on fake Instagram handles.
In 2019, Kumar came in contact with one of the students of a North Delhi school. She, however, stopped talking to him upon realising his wrong intentions. Kumar, then, started contacting her friends via social media platforms, The Hindu reported.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi told Hindustan Times, “The man was stalking minor girls and also called teachers from different international numbers. The stalker was also spoofing numbers and calling teachers from the number of the students. The stalker entered WhatsApp groups without the permission of the admin and changed icons. He also posted morphed photographs of many students on different social media platforms”.
An FIR was registered on October 6, after the Civil Lines police station received a complaint from a school that their female students were being harassed online, Kalsi added.
The investigation also revealed that Kumar’s family had no clue about his actions.