Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obscene web profile lands youth in cop net

The cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the city crime branch has arrested a 20-year-old youth for creating a web profile of a woman excise officer, showing her as a prostitute along with her contact number.

The accused Kovid Hemant Patil has been remanded to police custody till November 10.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said, “His father had received a notice from the excise department after which he felt offended and created the profile of a woman officer.’’

The police arrested Kovid after tracing his IP address, which he used to create the profile. However, when the police questioned him about the officer’s profile, he pretended to be innocent and told the police that someone else might have created the profile after hacking into his IP address. He gave them the example of US national Key Heywood, whose Wi-Fi connection was hacked by the terror suspects to send threatening emails before the Gujarat blasts.

After a thorough investigation, the police found that Kovid himself had created the profile. He was, in fact, replying to the queries which were posted on the profile.The police arrested him on Tuesday.

The police stated that Kovid’s father received a notice from the excise department where he was asked to pay dues of Rs 13 lakh. He is a manufacturer of metal parts for automobiles and has an office in Goregaon. Patil, who is a graduate would sit at his father’s office to help him.

Kovid’s father was visiting the excise officer for the past three months for the resettlement and on a few occasions, he accompanied his father.

According to the police, Kovid was upset with the notice and he managed to click the photograph of the officer. He created the officer’s profile on the web and posted her photo there along with her number. It stated that she was 30 years old and a highclass prostitute.

When the woman officer found out about it, she filed a complaint with the police. The police first tried to relocate the IP address of the computer from where that profile was generated. Then they traced the computer, which was kept in Patil’s office.

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