Hyderabad techie held for posting doc’s pics on gay portal

Accused creates fake profiles of men & posts them on gay websites

HYDERABAD: The Rachakonda Cyber Crime police arrested a 29-year-old Information Technology (IT) employee on Friday for harassing a reputed doctor and his friends by posting their pictures on a gay community portal.

According to police, on November 29, a reputed surgeon lodged a complaint with the police stating that someone had created fake profiles of him by attaching his real pictures copied from his Facebook account and posting the fake profile on various gay websites along with his personal phone number. Since then, his life became miserable as he was getting 40 to 50 calls a day from persons interested in him seeking appointments for meeting.

Based on the complaint, police registered cases and took up investigation. The investigation disclosed that several petitions were pending against the accused for doing so but due to social stigma, none of the victims had sought legal action. The victims asked for remedy by taking steps to remove their profiles from the gay websites. The police identified the accused as Suresh Thummala, 29, Technical Lead, in a software company at Madhapur. The accused was taken into custody.

Police seized a mobile phone containing gay porn, various fake profiles and pictures of the victims. During interrogation, the accused confessed that due to failure in his marital life, he started exploring pleasure in gay activities. With the help of two of his friends, he browsed through Facebook profiles, selected the targets at random and collect their contact details from their friend’s list.

After that they created fake profiles of the targets persons with their original photographs and posted them to various gay websites. The accused also called the victims enquiring whether they were interested in a gay relationship. “Suresh posted comments about the targeted person on the Facebook wall of the victim’s contacts stating that, victim was gay,’’ said Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh M Bhagavat. The arrested accused was produced before the Court and has been remanded to judicial custody.

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