A third-year student at IIT-Delhi has been arrested on the charge of kidnapping and harassing a first-year student of IIT-Kanpur.
Surendra Bhukya,who was arrested from the IIT-Delhi campus,was taken to Kanpur and produced before a city court on Thursday. He will remain in judicial custody for 14 days.
It is alleged that Bhukya,a student of textile engineering,had been harassing a girl from IIT-Kanpur,blackmailing her to marry him. She registered a case at Kalyanpur police station in Kanpur on November 25.
Kanpur Additional SP (Rural) Arun Kumar Pandey said Bhukya was arrested after they collected evidence that he had been sending obscene and threatening messages to the girl.
In her complaint,the girl said Bhukya had morphed her photos and threatened to upload them on social networking websites if she refused to marry him. The case was filed on November 25.
Police said the two knew each other for a few months before he began harassing her.
The girl told police that she had lost her handbag and cellphone a few months ago. These were later found by Bhukya,who asked her to meet him in Delhi and collect her belongings.
Police said when she went to meet Bhukya,he abducted her and took her to a temple where he attempted to forcibly marry her,but she escaped,Kanpur police said. The girl said Bhukya then threatened to misuse her photos.
Shashi Mathur,Dean of Students at IIT-Delhi,told Newsline,Kanpur police approached the institute with an arrest warrant against the student. They told us that a girl had filed a case against him in Kanpur,reportedly stating that he had troubled her. There could also have been a family dispute as the two hail from the same town in Andhra Pradesh,but I am not sure what the problem was.