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Updated: August 16, 2009 17:35 IST

Man held for allegedly harassing actor Sneha

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File photo of actor Sneha. Photo: R Shivaji Rao
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File photo of actor Sneha. Photo: R Shivaji Rao

Sleuths of the Cyber Crime Cell arrested a Bangalore resident here on Sunday night on charges of sending at least 150 SMS messages to actor Sneha proposing to marry her. The sophisticated Cyber Crime Laboratory that was launched a couple of days ago came handy in cracking the case.

According to police sources, Ms. Sneha lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran that an unidentified man was harassing her by sending repeated messages in the last six months.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Crime Branch) C. Sridhar formed a special team led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime Cell) M. Sudhakar to investigate the case.

The team tracked the mobile number to Bangalore where N. Raghavendran (35), a B.Com. graduate into real estate business, was using it. Though there was no obscenity in the messages, the accused harassed the actor by sending the messages frequently asking her to marry him, the sources said

“It appears that he got the mobile phone number of the actor through some friends in the film industry. Even when she changed the number, he managed to get the new one,” Dr. Sudhakar told The Hindu.

Though the actor never responded to his messages, she once replied requesting him not to disturb her. A special team apprehended Raghavendran when he was coming out of a hotel in T. Nagar. He had come to Chennai in connection with a land deal, Dr. Sudhakar said.

The accused was arrested under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and also on charges of causing criminal intimidation. He was produced in a city court and remanded to judicial custody, the sources added.

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