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‘Crank-caller’ keeps cops on their toes

The Vakola police are on the lookout for a crank-caller who has been harassing women residing in Santacruz over the past month.

The Vakola police are on the lookout for a crank-caller who has been harassing women residing in Santacruz (East) over the past month.

Acting on the complaint filed by a 35-year-old woman,the police has registered a case against the unidentified caller on Thursday.

The complainant approached the police after first contacting the MTNL department,who informed her that they have been receiving similar complaints from the locality.

The woman,who is the mother of two,has claimed that she has been getting lewd calls on her landline from the crank-caller since May 3. According to the complainant,the caller had introduced himself as Chimanlal Patel and said that he was working at Anitha Art Printers in Vakola as a printer and stayed at Goregaon Motilal Nagar. The caller had also mentioned his residence number as 022-66442635. The police are now verifying the caller’s claims.

The complainant claimed that MTNL officials told her that people from Anitha Art Printer and J.M.Mehta Tours & Travels have also been getting such calls.

“The caller uses foul language and has been continuously calling me between 08.30 am till 11 pm. There are five women in my house and the caller has been passing vulgar remarks at all of us,including by grand mother who is 75 years old,” the complainant said on conditions of anonymity.

“The caller knows that I am a mother of two and also knows my address and other details,” she said.

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The complainant is a widow and has been staying in Vakola for over a decade now. She added that she gave an application to MTNL to divert all the calls from her landline number to her mobile number,which was activated on 7th May.

“After doing this the number from which we got crank calls were identified as +16077239891,+3844,+2234886698,+15852269880,+13157899404,” she said.

When contacted,Rajendra Pardesi,senior police inspector of Vakola police station said,“We have received the written complaint and after investigations we are registering an FIR against this caller.”

Another officer said the numbers received from MTNL seem to be calls made through free internet telephony.

“We will take the help of the cyber crime cell to find out more about the caller,” the officer added.

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