Man says he was only getting back at friends of former classmate who rejected him

A 31-year-old engineer was arrested by the cyber cell wing of the Chennai police on Saturday for making abusive calls to senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu’s daughter using a stolen SIM card.

According to the police, Venkaiah Naidu’s daughter, Deepa Venkat, a businesswoman and resident of R.A. Puram, had been receiving such calls since the past few months, the intensity of which increased over the past month.

On April 4, she lodged a complaint with the city police commissioner, S. George. She said she had received threatening calls on her residential landline and office cellphone. The case was transferred to the cyber crime cell.

“To prevent further harassment of the complainant, we blocked the cellphone number from which the abusive calls originated. We then obtained the details of the SIM owner,” said D.R. Anbarasan, the investigating officer.

The number turned out to be registered in the name of Suvitha Krishnan, a resident of Thirumullaivoyal. During investigation, it was found Krishnan had lost the SIM card a year ago.

In order to trace the current user of the SIM card, the police obtained the customer application form and the unique IMEI (international mobile station equipment identity) number from the mobile service providers.

The IMEI led the cops to Ramesh Kumar (31), a resident of Red Hills. He was arrested from the Ambattur bus stand on Saturday and the handset he used to make the calls was also seized. Kumar, an engineering graduate, is employed in a private company.

During interrogation, Kumar said, he had been interested in a collegemate, Janani, during his student days. But, she had spurned his advances and then filed a complaint with the Avadi Tank Factory police when he continued to pursue her. Kumar was arrested and remanded in judicial custody.

After that, he allegedly received threat calls from Janani and her friends and relatives.

“He claims to have traced one of the threat calls to Deepa Venkat’s office. So, he decided to pay her back in the same coin. One day, he found a SIM card lying near an ATM in Ambattur and decided to use it only to make abusive calls to Venkat’s number,” said Mr. Anbarasan.

Ramesh was arrested and remanded to custody on Saturday.

“Lost or stolen SIM cards should be reported to the police. If not, there are chances the SIM card gets misused and lands the owner in trouble,” said a police officer.

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