Kolkata: The Salt Lake police on Wednesday arrested a systems engineer of a reputed IT firm in Sector-V on charges of threatening and blackmailing a Boston-based post graduate student. The police acted on an email sent by the complainant.
Avinash Chaturvedi had known the complainant for the past few months from when they started their training programme in the IT major’s Gandhinagar branch. Their relationship broke when the girl left for US to pursue higher studies and Avinash was send to join the firm’s Salt Lake offices.
Police said they received the complaint from the girl a few days back. The girl in her email alleged that Avinash had not only sent her a email threatening and intimidating her but had kept pressurizing her.
According to her complaint, Avinash had even uploaded some nude pictures of her among their common friends and colleagues and even uploaded them in her university website. According to her Avinash was desperate that she returns to Kolkata and was repeatedly threatening to criminally defame her in public.
Salt Lake police commissioner Gyanwant Singh said, “We started our investigations based on her complaint. This was done on humanitarian grounds for she had genuine reasons for not physically coming to the police station and lodging a complaint.” Later, at the police urging the victim’s father lodged a formal complaint against Avinash completing the legal formalities leading to the arrest.
Police said Avinash first stayed as a tenant in Mahishghote; now he stayed in Khidderpore. Prima facie, police said, Avinash had a good relationship with the girl during their training days in Gandhinagar. Problem surfaced when it got over and the girl was keen to pursue her higher studies in US. Avinash wanted her to work with him in Kolkata. Unable to change her mind, he resorted to blackmail and threats. The girl lodged her complaint only when he posted the nude pictures to blackmail her.