Merchant navy officer held for stalking 5 girls

Sent lewd SMSes to DU students, sent to 3-day custody.

New Delhi: A merchant navy officer has been arrested by the Delhi police on charges of allegedly stalking and harassing five Delhi University students. The accused was arrested on Friday evening after one of the girls filed a complaint against him. A local court sent him to a three-day judicial custody to Tihar jail on Saturday.

The police said that the man has been identified as Suraj Dey (25), a senior officer working with a Hong Kong-based merchant navy company. He is said to be a resident of Amar Colony in New Delhi.

DCP (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said Dey was taken into custody after a complaint was filed against him. The police said an investigation is underway and that it will take further action against the accused after receiving any other complaints.

According to the police, Dey had first met the complainant at a park months ago. He had introduced himself as a merchant navy officer. He told the girl that he was looking for a PG accommodation for his friend. Following this they exchanged phone numbers.

During preliminary investigation it was revealed that after some weeks the accused started sending messages to the girl on WhatsApp. He also sent her friend requests on social networking platforms. He later proposed the girl. However, she turned it down. The accused then started stalking and sending messages online.

The police said that he had even threatened the girl with dire consequences.

In her complaint the girl alleged that initially she tried to avoid him, but he kept on stalking her. She said that she blocked his number and his profile online but he kept calling her and sending obscene messages from unknown numbers and harassed her. When she confronted him, he started misbehaving with her.

Later, she filed a police complaint against him at the Amar Colony police station. A case was registered under relevant sections of the IPC.

During the probe, the police found that the accused had been sending lewd messages to four more girls of the same college. He used multiple phone numbers to harass the girls, say police sources.

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