No recordings found on phone of IIT Bombay canteen worker: Police

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Vishu Verma
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Updated on Sep 22, 2022 12:43 IST

Accused sent to one-day police custody. Police say they have sent his phone to forensic lab and are taking help of the cyber police.

The Mumbai police on Wednesday stated that the initial investigations show that there was no recording on the phone of the canteen worker of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay who was arrested for allegedly recording a student while she was inside the bathroom.  

As per reports, Deputy Commissioner of Police Maheshwar Reddy said, “We checked the mobile phone and call records of the accused who has been identified as Pintu Kariya, but we didn’t find any such videos. We have now sent his phone to the forensic laboratory and are taking the help of the cyber police. So far, we found that the accused didn’t record any video and leak it. This was a rumour spread by someone and we are investigating this too.”  

IIT Bombay released a statement regarding the incident that read, “The Institute, as per the initial report, is not aware of any footage being shared from the phones confiscated from the culprit. The canteen has been closed immediately and will be reopened only if staffed exclusively by women. Gaps in the ducts, which may have been used by the suspects, have been closed.”  

The statement further read, “We are in discussions with the students to see what other additional steps we can take. IIT Bombay stands with its students and we will do everything in our capacity to ensure the safety and security of our students.” 

Meanwhile, the police that the accused has been sent to police custody for a day. An FIR in the case was registered under section 354C (voyeurism). According to the institute, the matter came to the fore after a student raised an alarm after she noticed the worker peeping into the women’s bathroom. However, the canteen was closed for pest control work but workers were on the hostel premises during that time.   

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Vishu Verma
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Vishu is a writer, an artist, a cat and an ardent music lover. She loves to read, sketch and explore new places in her leisure time. She has nine years of experience in print media.

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