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Man held for Net sleaze

A 33-year-old engineer of a public sector power-generating unit was arrested on Monday for allegedly creating a fake profile of a Jadavpur University batchmate on a social networking site and uploading “obscene photographs” on it.

Cyber crime sleuths tracked him down after the woman lodged a complaint with police on June 4.

Pallab Kanti Ghosh, the joint commissioner of police (crime), said: “Romit Bhowmik was arrested from his home on Bangur Avenue around 1pm on Monday. We have evidence against Bhowmik to prove him guilty. The complainant and the accused studied at Jadavpur University.”

The complaint states that she had declined a friend request on the social networking site from Bhowmik. “He started sending messages to her on social network. He even proposed. The woman told him to mind his own business. But that did not work. Bhowmik continued to pester her,” a cyber crime officer said.

One day a friend informed the woman about the social network profile and she went to the police after finding her photos on the fake account.

“It was opened in the name of another woman but the profile picture was the complainant’s. There were obscene photographs uploaded on the profile and comments written,” the officer added.

The police traced the Internet protocol (IP) address used to open the profile. “With the help of the IP address, we found the computer that was used to create the fake profile and the geographical location of the device,” the officer said.

He said Bhowmik was initially reluctant to accept the allegation. “When we showed him the evidence, he broke down and confessed.”

He will be produced in Bankshall court on Tuesday. The police will file a petition to take him in police custody for further interrogation.

Life term for three

Bijoy Ananda Bera, Swarup Das and Dip Sarkar were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chinsurah court on Monday for murdering Arun Pal in 2012. Bera had lent a sum of Rs 25,000 to Pal that he failed to repay. Bera hired Das and Sarkar to murder Pal.