The 23-year-old man who allegedly shared objectionable videos of women students of Chandigarh University, Mohali, on social media, works in a bakery at his native place Rohru in Shimla district. Bakery worker Suraj Patel had dropped out of school and was friends with the woman suspected to have made the videos at the hostel. They were in touch over the phone, police sources said.
The clips allegedly contain shots of at least 60 women students bathing, captured by a hidden camera in the bathrooms. Eight of those captured on camera tried to commit suicide after the videos went viral. The condition of one of them is serious.
However, the Chandigarh University administration has denied that the clips contain videos of several women students. Punjab's Additional Director-general Gurpreet Dev said that there was only one self-video shot by the woman suspect and shared it with her boyfriend, besides which the police have found no other video while probing the case. Senior Police Inspector Vivek Sheel Soni said in Mohali that videos of many women students and the attempt to suicide by some of them are both "rumours".
Shimla Police detained Suraj Patel (name changed) near his house in Rohru yesterday after tracking his mobile number, which Punjab Police had shared. Shimla Police handed him over to Punjab Police later. The police arrested him under Sections 354 of the IPC and 66-E of the IT Act.
Punjab Police had taken into custody a certain Manoj Dutt, 31, too, from Dhalli in Shimla. What role he had played in the videos is not known yet. The police know that he hails from Sandhu of Theog and works in a travel agency.
The woman suspect had reportedly said that she had sent the videos to her friend Suraj Patel in Shimla but showed the picture of Manoj Dutt when other students contradicted her, as the video went viral.
The woman suspect had said that she had made videos of some women in the campus and sent them to Suraj Patel who allegedly uploaded them on social media. Police have arrested the woman too. The police registered a case against her under Section 354C (pertaining to voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, 2000. Her phone has also been sent for forensic analysis.
Sirf News has changed the names of the male suspects because the woman suspect's name is conspicuous by its absence in all media reports although the university student is no longer a minor.
Meanwhile, a video has appeared on Twitter, where some alleged women students of Chandigarh University are heard saying that only the male suspect should be punished while the woman suspect must go scot-free.
A large group of university students held a massive protest (photo on top of the screen) on the campus yesterday after the incident.
Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav today constituted an all-women three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the Chandigarh University video leak case. Additional Director General of Police Gurpreet Kaur Deo will head the SIT.