The Crime Branch Unit VIII arrested the accused, Harish Bhatt, from Udipi locality in Mangalore after the police traced his mobile number. Using Call Detail Record (CDR), the police come to know that he was harassing the women by using two mobiles phones.
A laptop, two Airtel SIM Card, Data Card other equipments have been recovered from the possession of the accused, who has a diploma in computers.
According to police, the incident was came to light after a Andheri-based woman received a vulgar MMS from accused’s number. The first time she received the message she thought someone had sent it by mistake, but when she received another SMS after two days she become alert. The accused kept sending her SMS’s between August 18 to September 28 and she informed her husband and the police.
"After arresting him we deported him from Mangalore to Mumbai and during interrogation he confessed," said Raju Kasbe PI from Crime Branch Unit VIII.
Senior Police Inspector from Unit VIII Deepak Phatangre said that, during his interrogation, the accused revealed that he had got the numbers while working at a call center in Mangalore. He revealed that he was using two mobile phones to send them messages. He continued sending SMS’s and MMS’s for acouple of months, but then stopped after getting fed up of his act.
“Till now, we identified around 20 top Bollywood actresses to whom he was sending the messages. We are ready to take complaint from the actress and if they do not want to visit Crime Branch office then we personally ready to visit their residence to record their statements,” Phatangre added.
The accused was booked under various sections of the IT and IPC Act, and on Thursday produced before the court, which remanded him to police custody. “We are doing further investigations and expect to find out about more victims,” Kasbe added.