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Smut cuffs on boy

Balurghat, Sept. 14: A schoolboy and a jobless youth were arrested yesterday on the charge of allegedly taking indecent photographs and video clips of three Class X girls on camera phones and circulating them in villages near Balurghat.

Chanchal Shil, 22, and the 18-year-old boy who studies in Class X were picked up yesterday. Police in Kumarganj, about 14km from Balurghat town, are looking for another school student in connection with the incident.

Chanchal is unemployed. The boy the police are looking for also studies in Class X.

The arrests were made on the basis of a complaint filed by the mother of one of the three girls. The schoolboys knew the girls as they went to the same tuition classes.

The police said Chanchal, and the two boys had gone to one of the girls’ grandfather’s house at Radhanagar on the evening of September 6.

“Other than the three girls, nobody else was there. The boys came to the house along with Chanchal on the pretext of taking study notes from the girls. The three youths asked the girls to pose before their camera phones. When the girls resisted and tried to call in their relatives over phone, the accused threatened to malign their reputation in the village,” said South Dinajpur police chief Prasun Banerjee.

Faced with the threats, “the girls gave in”, Banerjee said.

A police source said the photographs and the video started spreading at Radhanagar and the guardians of one of the girls came to know about the smut shots.

“I was shown some of the photographs of my daughter and other girls. It is a matter of shame and I asked my daughter about the incident. She burst into tears and told me that she had posed for the snaps under threat,” said the woman who filed the police complaint.

Local people said the boys and Chanchal had often come to the house where the photographs were taken. Radhanagar is 14km from Balurghat.

Chanchal and one of the boys were produced in the chief judicial magistrate’s court here today and remanded in police custody for four days.

They were booked under sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 448 (house trespass) of the IPC and 66A (offensive message) and 66E (violation of privacy) of Information and technology Act.