16 arrested for circulating obscene pictures

Imphal: Manipur Police on Thursday arrested 16 persons including three juveniles for uploading and sharing obscene, vulgar, pornographic, private photos and videos of several women including minors on social media.

They were arrested under FIRs registered at Imphal Police and Cyber Crime Police station.

The first FIR was registered at Imphal Police station on June 12 against one Facebook page created by one Yumnam Piba.

The persons arrested by Imphal Police have been identified as Kongjengbam Arunkumar Singh alias Franky Gamming, 29, son of Kh. Mani Singh of Kwakeithel Lamdong Leikai, Imphal West; Victor Sorokhaibam alias Ngongo, 28, son of S. Chaoba Singh of Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai, Imphal West; Khuraijam Surjakanta alias Dhoko Singh, 28, son of late Kh Binod Singh of Singjamei Chingamathak; Soibam Singhajit, 28, son of S. Jugindro Singh of Singda Kadangban part-I, Imphal West; Oinam Nanao Singh, 33, son of late O. Haimo Singh of Top Moirang Kampu; Thokchom Lanchenba Meitei, 18, son of Th. Gopiramon Meitei of Lamboi Khongnangkhong Emoinu Shanglen Leirak; Kanchui Mangkung, 27, son of late Jonathan M of Sorbung village, Kamjong and one juvenile.

Among the eight arrested persons Kanchui Mangkung was arrested on June 14 and had been remanded into judicial custody.

Imphal West superintendent of police S. Ibomcha said during the course of investigation it was learnt that members of the Facebook page created several WhatsApp groups and the members of both the social media uploaded and share obscene, vulgar, pornographic, private photos and videos of several women including minors with the intention to insult the modesty of a woman(s) and also creating enmity and conflict and terror in the mind of the general public.

The senior police officer said Cyber Crime Police station/ CID (CB) Manipur also registered two FIRs against the Facebook page and against the sharing of pornographic materials in WhatsApp group respectively.

Cyber Crime police arrested eight persons including two juveniles. Also the account creator of the “MEGA cloud” account where many pornographic materials including child pornographic materials are stored has been arrested.

The arrested persons were identified as Konjengbam Karorchandra Khaba, 27, son of K. Ibotombi Khaba of ward number Khongkham Makha Leikai, Nambol; Abujam Shatyajit Singh, 27, son of A. Manaoton Singh of Changangei Maning Leikai; Elangbam Birjit Meitei, 26 son of E. Bijenkumar Meitei of Irilbung Kalika, Imphal East; Aribam Bonny Sharma, 34, son of late A. Sanahal Sharma of Keishamthong Ahanthem Leikai; Mingchatlen Laishram, 22, son of L. Raikumar Singh of Wangkhei Tokpam Leikai; Angom Roshan Singh, 28, son of late A Heramot Singh of Sekmaijing Thongam Leikai and another two juveniles.

He said Mingchatlen Laishram has been remanded for 5 days police custody after he was produced before the court of CJM, Imphal West.

Yumnam Piba is yet to be arrested.

The remaining members of the said Facebook page and WhatsApp group will be arrested soon, the officer said.

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