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Four charged for data theft from yoga studio's website

They used the database to open their own Yoga classes. The police have arrested three out of the four employees.


Hackers: Of the four accused, three have been arrested. The police officials are on the lookout for Shraddha Sawant. Prabha Vinodkumar Yadav (below), who is related to Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has been running the Yog Power Studio in Thakur Complex at Kandivli (East) for the last eight years

The complainant, Prabha Vinodkumar Yadav, who is related to Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has been running the Yog Power Studio in Thakur Complex at Kandivli (East) for the last eight years.

The matter came to light when a few weeks ago, she received calls from her clients asking her whether she had shut her studio and opened another one with a different name.

“The name and contact details on the website had not changed however they had been calling up my clients and asking them to join their Yoga classes. The joining fee for my classes is Rs 14,000 for a month. However, these people hacked into my site and were taking admissions for Rs 5,000 and they used my e-mail ID,” said Yadav.

Yadav with her husband complained to the police about the four who had been using her website and a webpage on a social networking site to open another yoga class named Yoga Hunt. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Chandran, Niraj Tiwari, Rohit Pandey and Shraddha Sawant.

Interestingly, some police sources claim that Yadav and Chandran were in a relationship.

The accused have been booked under Section 380 (theft in dwelling house) of IPC and sections 66 and 66 (a) of the IT Act.

“We have sought the help of cyber crime officers in decoding the website and understanding the case,” said Nanasaheb Kamble, senior police inspector.  

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