THE PUNE city police have arrested a 26-year-old man from Nashik for allegedly creating a fake Facebook (FB) account in the name of a 21-year-old Marathi actor and then demanding Rs 5,000 from her to delete it. Police have identified the suspect as Naved Latif Shaikh, resident of Igatpuri in Nashik. Police said that Naved also forced the girl to buy a 3G internet recharge voucher worth Rs 130 for his mobile number.
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The girl lodged a complaint in this case at the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station. Police later booked Naved under Sections 385 (extortion), 506, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections of the Information Technology Act. Police said the complainant is a resident of Bibvewadi and has acted in a Marathi movie recently. She has a FB account. On October 19, she received a friend request on FB, but she blocked it, suspecting it to be fake. Then on October 20, a fake FB account in her name was created, police said.
Police said the person who created this account posted photographs of her mother and sister with derogatory comments on it. Then, on October 21, she got a message on her FB account from ‘sufiyaan.ansari.756’ asking her to unblock him.
Police said that the suspect demanded her mobile number. But the complainant did not share her number, instead asked him to give his contact number, to which he agreed. Later, the man threatened her and asked the complainant to purchase a 3G internet recharge voucher and demanded Rs 5,000 to delete the fake FB account. Despite purchasing the voucher, police said, the suspect posted her family memebers’ photograph on FB along with objectionable comments.
The girl then approached the police after which the cyber crime cell initiated a probe.
“Naved works as a driver in Nashik. Prima-facie, we believe he was trying to earn money by creating a fake account,” said Assistant police inspector V B Jagtap.