CBI arrests seven accused in an on-going investigation of a case related to alleged online child sexual abuse & exploitation
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested seven accused from various places including Delhi, Dhenkanal (Odisha), Noida (U.P.), Jhansi (U.P.), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) in an on-going investigation of a case related to alleged online child sexual abuse & exploitation.
The arrested accused are being produced today before the Competent Courts.
During investigation, it was revealed that the accused were allegedly sharing the links of CSEM videos on certain websites e.g. https://koflink.com, https://pdisklink.com etc. It was revealed that some individuals were involved in trading of CSEM material.
CBI had registered 23 separate cases on 14.11.2021 against 83 accused on the allegations related to online child sexual abuse & exploitation. It was alleged that various syndicates of individuals based in different parts of India and foreign countries were indulging in circulating, storing & viewing Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) through various social media platforms/groups. It was also alleged that persons were disseminating CSEM by way of sharing links, videos, pictures, texts, posts and hosting of such content on social media groups/platforms and third party storage/hosting platforms.
Searches were conducted yesterday at around 77 locations including Tirupati, Kanekal (Andhra Pradesh); Delhi; KonchJalaun, Mau, Chandauli, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Siddharthanagar, Moradabad, Noida, Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh); Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar (Gujarat); Sangroor, Malerkotla, Hoshiarpur, Patiala (Punjab); Patna, Siwan (Bihar); Yamuna Nagar, Panipat, Sirsa, Hisar (Haryana); Bhadrak, Jajapur, Dhenkanal (Odisha); Tiruvalure, Coimbatore, Namkkal, Salem, Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu); Ajmer, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur (Rajasthan); Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh); Jalgaon, Salwad, Dhule (Maharashtra); Korba (Chhattisgarh) and Solan (Himachal Pradesh) across 14 States in the country at the premises of accused which led to recovery of electronic gadgets/mobiles/laptops etc.
As per initial information collected, there are more than 50 groups having more than 5000 offenders sharing child sexual abuse material. Many of these groups also have involvement of foreign nationals. It is initially learnt that there may be involvement of nationals of around 100 countries spread across various continents. CBI is coordinating with sister agencies through formal and informal channels.
Investigation is continuing.