Delhi Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly harassing and sending obscene messages and videos to nearly 1,500 women.
On how the accused, Mohammed Khalid, managed to get the phone numbers of so many women, DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh said, “He told police he used to call up a random number and when the call was answered by a woman, he would save the number. Then he would check the profile picture of the woman and if he liked it, he would start sending obscene texts to that particular number. He has saved the numbers of over 2,000 women.”
Police got to know about the harassment after one victim lodged a complaint in Ashok Vihar police station on May 30. The complainant said she had been receiving obscene and abusive messages on her mobile phone from two unknown numbers.
When police tried to track down the accused with the help of the number, they found that the SIM card had been procured with fake documents. When a police officer called the number, he was threatened by the accused, said sources.
“He challenged us to catch him,” said a police officer.
A team comprising Inspectors Virender Kadyan and R K Maan, Sub-Inspectors Sanjeev Arora, S Sandeep Kumar, Parveen Sharma and Naveen Kumar, and Constable Vinay Kumar was put together under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Vikas Kumar to investigate the case.
Police managed to find the vendor who had supplied the SIM card to the accused as well as the shops which Khalid visited to recharge his phone, said sources. “We questioned people within a 200-metre radius and got to know that he works in a bag shop in Sadar Bazaar . There were six bag shops and policemen in plainclothes visited each shop. While they were in the shop, other police officials called on the number of the accused. When they were visiting Khalid’s shop, his phone started ringing,” said a police officer.
When police went through the content of Khalid’s phone, they found that he had sent such obscene messages and video clips through SMSes and social media platforms to more than 1,500 women, said sources.
According to police, Khalid started harassing women after he faced “rejection” multiple times. “He said he had been rejected by two women he was interested in because of his height. He is about 4 feet and 10 inches tall. This was his idea of revenge,” said the officer.
Police officials got in touch with almost 500 women whose numbers were in Khalid’s phone book, and all of them admitted that they had been harassed by him.