The Delhi Police arrested a man from Punjab for allegedly morphing photos of minors on Instagram and threatening them.
The accused was identified as Jatin Dora who has been working as a waiter at a Dubai hotel for three years and came to Punjab recently to meet his family. Jatin was traced to Punjab from where he was arrested.
The police stated that the accused used to befriend minors and “lure” them by saying he is a successful businessman in Dubai. He would promise to meet them in India but would later morph their photos and threaten them.
The matter came to light when a student approached police saying she was being blackmailed by nine different Instagram IDs.
The unknown accused had created morphed photos and sent them to her. He demanded her private photos and threatened to leak the morphed photos on her school’s WhatsApp group if she didn’t comply. He said he would stop if she shared her private photos. However, he continued demanding photos and asked her to meet him at a hotel in Paharganj but the girl informed her parents who later filed a complaint with police.
The police wrote to officials at Meta, the parent company of Instagram, and took details of the suspect’s IDs.
The polive investigation showed that the all the Instagram IDs were registered under a UAE phone number. With the help of technical surveillance, a team was able to identify the user and Jatin’s location was traced to Kapurthala in Punjab.
The police seized three mobile phones containing photos and data were recovered.