The CBI, which is probing videos of rapes or gangrapes of unidentified victims uploaded on social networking sites and MMS services by unknown persons, on Tuesday made its second arrest in the probe with the arrest of an accused from Cuttack in Orissa.
According to the CBI, Debashis Dev, 30, of Hulipur in Cuttack, has been arrested for recording the video clip in which Subrat Sahu, who was the first to be arrested in the case, is seen engaging in sex with a 22-year-old woman. The video clip was recorded and disseminated without the woman’s consent.
On March 23, the CBI had arrested Sahu from Bhubaneswar. According to CBI sources, the video was possibly recorded in Bhubaneswar in 2010. Dev worked in Sahu’s real estate firm and later worked in a hotel run by him.
CBI sources did not say whether Sahu and Dev were involved in more such acts. “We are on the right track. The case would be cracked soon,” said an official.
Sources said the 22-year-old woman, who also worked in Sahu’s construction firm, protested when Dev started filming her. “Despite her protests, Dev kept on filming her while Sahu promised her Rs 10,000,” said an official. Sahu reportedly used to take houses on rent, where he would indulge in sexual acts and record them.
The CBI is probing eight Regular Cases and one Preliminary Enquiry in connection with the uploaded videos — all of separate incidents. Six FIRs relate to gangrape, abduction or kidnapping, and dissemination of sexual violence against women; the seventh pertains to rape, abduction or kidnapping and dissemination of sexual violence against women; and the eighth FIR — for which both Sahu and Dev have been arrested — pertains to engaging in a sexual act, recording it and disseminating without consent. The CBI’s PE relates to beating of unidentified children by an unidentified man.
The CBI has already approached the Indian Central Emergency Computer Response Team in order to ascertain the origin of the videos.