The alleged online sex racket for which the organisers of the ‘Kiss of love’ protest were arrested on Wednesday came to light in the course of investigation into a Facebook page — ‘Kochu Sundarikal’ (little beauties) — with paedophilic content, police have said.
The Crime branch of the Kerala police, which was probing the Facebook page, has arrested six people, including the administrator of the page. Meanwhile, the six people arrested for allegedly running the online sex racket, including the two main organisers of the ‘Kiss of love’ protest, were sent to judicial custody.
Crime Branch IG S Sreejith said as paedophilia is considered a serious crime against children across the world, Facebook authorities cooperated with the police probe against the page.
- Kerala govt appoints IPS officer to probe killing of man pushed by Deputy SP in front of car
- How year-long probe led to busting of nationwide sex racket, multiple MCOCA arrests
- Kerala ‘kiss of love’ couple face police probe in Bengaluru
- ‘Kiss of Love’ couple held for allegedly running sex racket in Kerala
- After Kochi, Kozhikode to host ‘kiss in the street’ to protest moral policing
- At least 50 taken into custody for organising Kochi ‘kiss of love’ protest
The cyber cell of the police received a complaint against ‘Kochu Sunderikal’ in September this year, stating that it was promoting paedophilia in social media. After a police request, Facebook blocked the page.
Sreejith said the administrator of the page is Vettichara Ummer, 28, a native of Malappuram. He was employed in Dubai, but came back to Kerala recently.
“We found that the page was updated from several places. After realising that Ummer is behind the page, we watched his movements closely, tracking the tower location of his mobile phone, verifying the IP address of the system and the internet service provider. Different people can operate from the same system or mobile phone, and hence we wanted to make sure Ummer was behind the page before arresting him,” the IG said.