Bandra police have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly hacking into women’s WhatsApp account and sending obscene photos to people in her contact list. The accused then demanded nude pictures from the woman in order to return access to her WhatsApp account.
Diptesh Prakashchand Salecha, a school dropout, was arrested from Jodhpur on Wednesday. He claimed that he learnt hacking on YouTube.
In the case registered with the Bandra police station, a 40-year-old dubbing artist is the complainant in the case.
On September 19, Salache contacted the complainant and alleged that they had a mutual friend. “He managed to sweet-talk her, following which he asked her for the one-time password (OTP) that was generated on her mobile number,” said an investigator.
After she divulged the OTP, her WhatsApp account was hacked and the accused started sending obscene pictures to the people in her contact list.
“The complainant started getting calls from her friends who informed that they have been receiving obscene pictures from her WhatsApp account. Later, she noticed that her Facebook account has also been hacked,” added an officer.
Minutes later, she received a message on her Instagram account, where Salache admitted to having hacked her accounts and demanded nude pictures in return to the access of her accounts. “We asked her to chat with him during, which we managed to get his location, following which we dispatched a team to Jodhpur and got hold of him,” said an officer.
Police said that Salecha arrested last year for a case by Nasik police, where he allegedly demanded money from the complainants.
The police said that in order to continue with the crime, the accused had changed his location from Barmar district to Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
The police have booked him under relevant section of IPC and IT Act. He was produced in court on Wednesday and has been remanded in police custody till November 2.