The CBI has arrested a junior engineer working with the irrigation department of Uttar Pradesh for sexual abuse of children in Banda and Chitrakoot districts and surrounding areas of the state. The accused is a resident of Chitrakoot district. He has been suspended by the state government with immediate effect.
CBI said that the arrest was done in an ongoing investigation of a case. A case was registered against the accused and other unknown persons.
Apart from the physical abuse of these children, the accused also allegedly recorded their acts using their mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. It was further alleged that these photographs and video films containing child sexual abuse material were published/transmitted by the accused using the facility of internet.
It was also alleged that the accused used Darkweb for sale, transmission and sharing of such CSAM content with other individuals. Searches were conducted at the residence of the accused which led to recovery of cash worth eight lakh, mobile phones, laptops, web-camera and other electronic storage devices including Pen Drives and Memory Cards.
The accused allegedly used these electronic items and gadgets to lure children falling in the age group of 5-16 years. The scrutiny of the emails of the accused has revealed that he was allegedly in constant touch with several individuals (both Indian and foreign nationals) for the purpose of sharing child sexual abuse material.
The accused has allegedly created and shared a huge quantity of child sexual abusive material, over the years, through the internet using various social media platforms and websites over darknet.