The Punjab Police Saturday arrested an Army man from Arunachal Pradesh for allegedly blackmailing a woman student of the Mohali-based Chandigarh University who had earlier been arrested for allegedly recording and leaking objectionable videos. This is the fourth arrest in the case.
Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav said Sanjeev Singh was arrested from Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh where he was posted. He said Punjab Police has also obtained a two-day transit remand of Singh from the court of Bomdila chief judicial magistrate. He will be produced before a Mohali court.
Yadav said Singh has been arrested with support from police in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam as well as Army authorities.
An Army official in Delhi said, “During the ongoing investigations by Punjab Police in a sensitive case, it has revealed that a serving Army soldier is likely to have been involved in acts chargeable under sections of the IPC and IT Act.
Immediately on receipt of information from the police authorities, all possible assistance was extended to Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh Police to arrest the soldier and hand over his custody for further investigations”.
He said the Army practices zero tolerance of such acts and will continue to provide all assistance for early conclusion of investigation.
DGP Yadav said the accused Army personnel was suspected of blackmailing the accused woman student. He said based on forensic and digital evidence, a Mohali police team was dispatched to Arunachal Pradesh to arrest the accused.
Apart from the woman student of the private Chandigarh University, police had earlier arrested two other accused from Himachal Pradesh and seized some electronic devices from them.
An FIR was registered at the Kharar (Sadar) police station on September 18 after protests rocked the university campus over allegations that a hostel inmate recorded several objectionable videos of woman students in the common washroom and leaked then online. The university authorities, however, had dismissed the allegations as “false and baseless”.
The DGP said an all-women special investigation team of Ludhiana SP (counter intelligence) Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, DSP Rupinder Kaur and DSP Deepika Singh is investigating the case. “The guilty in this case will not be spared and justice will prevail,” said the DGP.