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CBI Busts 10-Nation Global Child Porn Racket Operating Via WhatsApp, Arrests UP-Based Youth

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| February 23 , 2018 , 10:13 IST

In a major success, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday reported having busted an international child pornography racket operating through a WhatsApp group across 10 nations. The CBI arrested the alleged administrator of the WhatsApp group, identified as Nikhil Verma, from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, and booked 4 of his accomplices.

According to reports, there were around 119 members of the WhatsApp group that were receiving the disturbing child pornography pictures and videos and they were located across the globe, including in the US, China, New Zealand, Mexico, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

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The CBI reportedly used 'classic police investigation', conducting searches to localities from where IP addresses of computers and mobile phones having uploaded and circulated child pornography videos were traced. Tracking down the accused took nearly 3 months the agency reported, and searches were carried out at 5 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Kannauj. The CBI was able to recover

The main accused is 20-year-old Nikhil Verma, son of a jewellery shop worker who is currently pursuing graduation in commerce but is unemployed. The 4 others booked with Verma are Nafees Reza and Zahid of Delhi, Satyendra Om Prakash Chauhan of Mumbai and Adarsh of Noida. Background checks and behavioural analysis of the suspects were done before action was taken against them.

Child pornography, accessing producing, recording, uploading or circulating child abuse videos or picture are serious offences under Information Technology Act, punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.

Meanwhile, the CBI is continuing with the investigation to locate other members of the group located in India and internationally.