Pradeep Pattanayak

The Commissionerate Police on Saturday arrested a woman, who holds a B Tech degree, on the allegations of blackmailing women by threatening to make their videos of intimate moments viral. 

The police are on the lookout for the arrested woman’s husband, the prime suspect in the case, who is absconding. He is reportedly a Diploma holder. 

The police have identified the woman as Sasmita Jena, a resident of the Sahadevkhunta area in Balasore district. 

According to the police, Sasmita and her husband were threatening a married woman to make a video clip of her intimate moments viral. They had already collected Rs 2 lakh from her on several occasions. 

Unable to bear the blackmail, the victim lodged a complaint at the cyber police station. Acting on her complaint, the Commissionerate Police arrested Sasmita. The police seized a mobile phone, a Debit Card, a chequebook, and a passbook. 

During the investigation, the police came to know that the husband of the accused was assisting his wife in intimidating their targets by introducing him as a police officer. 

“Besides the married woman, they have targeted four other women. Sasmita’s husband has duped them by employing the same modus operandi. Sasmita would buy SIM cards and mobile phones in her name and provide them to her husband. She would also receive extorted money in her account,” said IIC of Cyber Police Station, Rashmita Jena.

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