Kerala

Morphing case: prime suspect arrested

The key suspect in the morphing case of Vadakara, S. Bibeesh, 31, who was arrested from his hideout at Murickassery in Idukki district early Wednesday, will be produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Thursday.

Idukki Superintendent of Police K.B. Venugopal told The Hindu that the accused was hiding at the house of his wife’s relative at Murickassery and the arrest was made on a tip-off.

A special team of the Kozhikode Rural police brought the suspect to Vadakara in the evening. The case relates to a gang running a Vadakara-based studio, Sadayam Shoot and Edit, morphing the images of women captured during wedding ceremonies in Kozhikode and using them for pornographic purpose and posting them on the social media. Bibeesh was the video editor of the studio.

C.M. Dinesan, 44, and C.M. Satheesan, 41, brothers who own the studio, were arrested from their hideouts from Thottilpalam in Kozhikode two days ago. All hailed from in and around Vadakara, the police said.

Vadakara Deputy Superintendent of Police T.P. Premarajan, who is leading the probe, said the accused were charged with Sections 66d (punishment for cheating by personation by using computer resource) and 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act and Section 354 (d) [commits the offence of stalking] of the Indian Penal Code.

Blackmail?

Investigation is on to examine the motive of the threesome. “Possibly they did this to blackmail the women,” Mr. Premarajan said, adding that sections of the Immoral Trafficking ( Prevention) Act would be added to the charges after a detailed probe. The Vadakara police had registered the case on the basis of complaints from several women. The police received videos and hard disk from the local people and all the three accused had gone underground since then. The studio owners had been arrested after a week-long inquiry. The case acquired significance after many organisations, including an action council comprising women from the region, took out a protest march to the Vadakara circle office against police apathy.

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