Silchar, Nov 14 : Police have launched an investigation in connection with surfacing of “objectionable” video of a youth of Silchar on social media last week.
The youth (whose name has been kept secret intentionally) has lodged a first information report at Tarapur Town Outpost regarding the incident. As per the youth’s complaint, his Facebook account was hacked by unidentified person(s) around 7pm on November 8 (Monday) and later a video showing him in naked condition surfaced on social media. He had received a friend request on Facebook from a girl whose profile showed her name as Ankita Sharma. The youth’s account was hacked and his video landed on various social media platforms after he received the request, the complaint said.
Sources said a case (3911/21) under Sections 294 (obscene acts, songs or words in public), 500 (defamation), 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 66C (identity theft) and 67 (publication or transmission of obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was registered by police after the FIR was lodged and a probe initiated. Noone was arrested, when this report was filed.
The youth confirmed about the incident to Barak Valley Updates (BVU) on Sunday. He said he has no idea how his video surfaced on social media and suspected that he was trapped by a honey trapping racket. Further, he appealed to the police authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly and punish all those found involved in making his video viral on social media.
Another source said a honey trapping racket has been active in Silchar for the past many months and it has trapped a number of people, especially youths. The modus operandi starts with a random girl sending a friend request to the target youth (prey) on social media and later asking for his contact number (Whatsapp number) after the youth accepts the friend request. The girl, after getting the contact number, gives him a video call on Whatsapp and later makes an “objectionable” video using the youth’s face. The video is thereafter sent to the youth’s Whatsapp and threats are given via phone calls about making the video viral on social media if the youth does not fulfill the racket’s demand of giving them money. A number of people of Silchar have been fleeced and “objectionable” videos made viral on social media in the past few months, the source said.