New Delhi: An Armyman posted in Arunachal Pradesh was arrested Saturday for allegedly blackmailing the Chandigarh University female student who had earlier been arrested in the video leak case. Punjab police chief Gaurav Yadav said a team from Mohali arrested the soldier, Sanjeev Singh, after tracking “forensic and digital evidence” gathered from devices seized from the other arrested accused. Army and local police, besides cops from neighbouring Assam, helped.
An FIR was registered in the Kharar (Sadar) police station on September 18, after students complained that hidden-camera videos from the university’s hostel had been leaked. The DGP said the guilty in the case would not be spared and justice would prevail. An all-women special investigation team of Ludhiana SP (counter-intelligence) Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, DSP Rupinder Kaur and DSP Deepika Singh is investigating the case.
Reacting to the arrest, an army official said: “During the ongoing investigations by Punjab Police in a sensitive case, it has revealed that a serving army soldier is likely to have been involved in acts chargeable under sections of the IPC and IT Act. Immediately on receipt of information from the Police authorities, all possible assistance was extended to Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh Police to arrest the soldier and hand over his custody for further investigations.”
Rumours of other girls’ videos being in circulation had fueled the protests, but the police had said the arrested girl sent only her own video to a friend. The net has since widened, and police are probing if she was blackmailed into recording and sharing videos. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had set up a three-member all-woman Special Investigation Team (SIT) as rival parties accused the AAP of not taking the matter seriously enough.
“The SIT(headed by SP Rupinder Kaur Bhatti with DSPs Rupinder Kaur and Deepika Singh as members) has been conducting speedy investigations in the case. The guilty will not be spared,” a note by the DGP office said.
The case registered on September 18 has sections related to sexual harassment and distribution of obscene content.