The CBI on Saturday raided 59 locations in 21 states and union territories in connection with uploading of sexual videos and photographs of minors on the internet.
CBI officials said that more than 50 people are under surveillance in the country in this connection.
The Singapore-based ‘Crimes Against Minors Unit’, a unit of the International Criminal Investigation Agency (INTPOL), received information about sexual offenses against minors from the New Zealand Police Department. Based on information provided by the department to the CBI, 2 cases were registered under the Information Technology Act.
Along with this, the test operation named ‘Operation Megha Chakra’ has been carried out in states including Haryana, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh.
During the search, electronic devices including mobile phones and laptops were seized from more than 50 people. In the preliminary tests carried out by cyber forensic tools, it has been found that there is a large amount of sexual videos involving minors.
Regarding this, CBI officer Oruv said, ‘For the first time in India, CBI has established a unit to investigate cyber crimes. ‘Operation Megha Chakra’ is one of the CBI’s latest global anti-crime operations. In action against sexual crimes against minors on the Internet, the victims, perpetrators, and other people involved in this crime can travel to different parts of the world, so the coordination of various law enforcement agencies at the international level is required to control these crimes, he said.
In November last year too, the CBI conducted raids in 14 states and union territories against such crimes under the name ‘Operation Carbon’. The CBI booked more than 80 people in the trial.