Police arrested a 33-year-old advocate with a Noida-based corporate firm from a mall in Saket Saturday evening on charges of filming women on the sly with a spy camera tucked between the lace of his right shoe.
A store manager at DLF Place spotted Ashish Sharma moving suspiciously around women, especially those wearing mini skirts and short dresses. Police recovered 10 obscene video clips from his spy camera and mobile phone. Police will try to retrieve deleted data from the seized devices, said official sources.
DCP (South) Prem Nath said Sharma, a resident of Faridabad, was arrested after he was caught red-handed by store manager Sunil Arora. “On the basis of Arora’s complaint, a case was registered under sections 354-C (watching or capturing an image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the explanation of not being observed either by the perpetrator or by any other person at the behest of the perpetrator) and 354-D (stalking) of the IPC at Saket police station. Sharma was arrested and later released on bail,” he said.
The DCP said the incident occurred at about 5.45 pm inside Forever 21 store. Arora told the police in his complaint, “I found his activities suspicious as he was putting his right leg near girls. I informed the mall manager Yatin Bhatia, who came with three security guards.”
Sharma allegedly spotted the security guards and tried to escape, said police sources.
High drama unfolded as Arora shouted and asked the security guards to nab him and they started chasing him. “They caught Sharma and we took him into the mall security room. On checking him, we found a spy camera between the lace of his right shoe. It was on video-recording mode. We found around 10 obscene videos on the camera, which were recorded by him when he was roaming inside the store,” Arora claimed.
Sources said Sharma admitted his mistake and wrote an apology letter to the mall staff. However, the case was registered after police told the mall Sharma’s alleged acts were criminal, the source added. Senior officials of store and the mall security staff declined to comment.