Pune cook nabbed for morphing selfies; blackmail

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A cook, who had worked at three Mumbai hotels earlier, was nabbed for morphing selfies in Pune

A selfie can make for a bad frame if misused. In a recent case, the Wanawadi police in Pune nabbed a cook on Friday for morphing selfies he had taken with his former employee and blackmailing her.

The accused, 35-year-old Girish Sugandh, who has earlier worked in three hotels in Mumbai, allegedly uploaded them on social networking sites and demanded a ransom of Rs 2 lakh from the girl.

The initial statement of the victim, a 25-year-old software engineer at a Magarpatta-based multinational IT company, revealed that she had had a tiff with Sugandh in December last year when she had hired him as a chef for her restaurant, which she later converted into an ice-cream parlour.

Anil Patil, inspector in-charge of Anti-Extortion cell attached with Pune city police, said, “On March 5, the victim noticed that Sugandh was drunk at work. When she reprimanded him, he tried to misbehave with her and she slapped him.”

Sugandh, on being fired, misused the CCTV footage and selfies they had taken during his tenure.

According to Assistant commissioner of police (Crime branch) Rajendra Bhambare, Sugandh became a prime suspect once the victim revealed she had had a fight with him in the recent past. “He uploaded two objectionable videos with my face morphed. I was shocked to know it was Sugandh,” she said.

“We laid a trap and nabbed him at Pune railway station on Friday,” said Bhambare.
Sugandh was produced before the court of judicial magistrate yesterday and granted bail on surety of Rs 15,000.

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