by Idrees Bukhtiyar
SRINAGAR: Chief Education Officer (CEO) Baramulla on Saturday suspended two teachers from Uri in north Kashmir after some ‘prurient videos’, showcasing both of them in it went viral on social media.
Seemingly, the teachers were victims of sextortion fraud. Quite common, usually a female befriends males and manages nude videos or photographs with them and morphs them to start blackmail. If victims do not pay, the blackmailers release the video in the public domain.
“Both the teachers have been placed under suspension and further investigation taken up,” said CEO Baramulla Ghulam Mohammad Lone.
The accused have been identified as Naseer Ahmad Berwall and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, both residents of Nambla village of Uri.
A police official said that on the intimation about ‘some prurient videos going viral on social media, it swung into action and registered an FIR.
“Both the teachers have been detained and ‘strict action under the law is being taken against the accused,” he said.
However, the police in the statement said that the act was done through the medium of Facebook and the chat was with the same person (female) from outside of the UT.
As per the statement, the lady had video chatted with both the teachers with the purpose of extorting money. “The lady had demanded money from both of them in lieu of keeping the video secret and had threatened them to upload it on social media sites in case they failed to, however, she eventually made the video of the obscene acts social which later went viral on social media,” the statement reads.
“Since the matter involves Section 66 (E) and 67of the IT Act, which prohibits the transmission of private images and obscene material over any medium, the action shall be taken against anyone found involved in sending, transmitting, displaying or making public in any way such content”, it maintained.
“Three persons have already been identified in this regard. Hunt has been launched to arrest the accused fraud from outside and those found involved in transmitting the material,” it reads adding “Public is warned to be aware of such fraud tactics.”
An FIR under sections 66E, 67 IT Act, 384 and 418 of IPC has been registered at Police Station Uri.
Alarmed by the reports of growing ‘sextortion’ on social media, Jammu and Kashmir police had launched an awareness drive early this year asking people to stay cautious. They had asked people to avoid accepting random friend request and avoid video call on Facebook or WhatsApp from strangers.
Late in the evening, police issued the following statement:
“Police in Baramulla have identified three persons involved in making a salacious video viral on social media and have launched a manhunt to nab the outsiders involved in the act.
Two teachers identified as Naseer Ahmad Berwall son of Mungta Barwall and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Amin Mir both residents of Nambla Uri had chatted on social media site Facebook with a girl living outside UT. The video chat is obscene and sexual in nature. She chatted with both the teachers with the purpose of extorting money from them. She had demanded money from both of them in lieu of keeping the video secret and had threatened them to upload it on social media sites in case they failed to do that. She eventually made the video viral on social media.
Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated.
Both the teachers have been detained for questioning while three accused persons have also been identified and the hunt has been launched to arrest the accused persons.”