The Bandra unit of the Mumbai police crime branch arrested two men on Thursday for allegedly using morphed photographs of women to blackmail them by threatening to upload the pictures on the Internet.
The crime branch said the arrested accused Deepak Dandekar (49) and Krishnajee Mhatre (42) had allegedly blackmailed a number of women. The duo would morph photographs of the women to appear as nude pictures and mail them to the residences of the victims with a letter to extort money,the police said.Crime branch officers said the duo would sometimes get photos of women from photo studios and morph them. In a recent case registered with Uran police,the accused sent the morphed pictures to the residence of the complainant,and demanded that Rs 5 lakh be deposited in an account opened with forged documents.
The accused are also wanted in a similar case at Amravati where they had demanded Rs 3 lakh. The police have found around 70 photographs of women who they suspect were victims of the crime.
Dandekar,who is allegedly the main accused,is also wanted in a five-year-old case,where he had allegedly sold a plot of land worth Rs 57 lakh that did not belong to him.
The police said more arrests are likely in the case as the arrested accused would send a girl to get photographs from the residence of the victim. There were others involved as well,such as the the person at the photo studio who would morph the photographs,said the police.