CBI cracks down on child pornography WhatsApp group; admin arrested

by Abel Hampton February 23, 2018, 3:29
CBI cracks down on child pornography WhatsApp group; admin arrested

"Searches were conducted at five places in Delhi, Noida, Kannauj and Mumbai, which led to the recovery of mobile phones, tablets and laptops, containing the alleged incriminating material depicting children in obscene, indecent and sexually explicit acts", said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal.

Nikhil Verma (20), the suspected kingpin, was arrested from his hometown in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj and is being brought to Delhi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday busted an global child pornographic racket operated via an instant messaging application and arrested one of the main administrators of the group from Uttar Pradesh.

The group had members from Named KidsXXX, the WhatsApp group uploaded child porn on a regular basis, according to the reports.

The law enforcement agencies of these countries have also been contacted by the investigation agency.

The central agency is planning to write to the investigators of the foreign countries concerned, whose members are part of the Whatsapp group. The four other administrators - identified as Satyendra Chauhan of Mumbai, Nafees Raja and Zahid of Delhi, and Adarsh of Noida - are absconding, the officials said.

The CBI said it would investigate if an organised gang filmed the videos and pictures and was selling them online. Sources said the group has been active for the past two years.

A second-time offender would be jailed for seven years and can be fined up to Rs 10 lakh.

The SC had in 2016 urged the Centre to stop access to websites featuring child pornography.

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