Chandigarh: The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) of Chandigarh Police have arrested 23 year old Pollywood (Punjabi) movies actor cum singer for allegedly cheating and alluring young female models for casting couch. The accused used to pose himself as Darshan Aulakh, renowned actor and casting director of Bollywood. According to police, accused has been identified as Harpreet Bawa aged 23, resident of village Sehna of Barnala. The accused has worked in few Punjabi music videos and was about to debut as an actor in his upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Atwad’.
Inspector Harinder Sekhon, (CCIC) said “Since the accused has been working in Punjabi film industry, so he had a fair idea as how to lure upcoming models who want to enter into film industry. Accused used to extort money from young female models and then exploit them victims sexually on the pretext of providing them roles in various bollywood movies”, added Sekhon. Inspector Sekhon said that while inviting female models and luring them to give role in movie, the accused also called one of model known to Darshan Aulakh. The model then informed Darshan Aulakh and told him about the matter.
Aulakh then saw that his profile was being misused. Used Aulak’s profile picture on Whats app Aulakh who is a resident of Sector 21 Chandigarh alleged that that the accused was using his name and his production house name (Darshan Aulakh Productions) and misguiding new models. Following the complaint by Aulakh, police found that Bawa was using mobile number to blackmail budding models. Police arrested him on June 27 after registering a case under section 66C, 66D IT Act and 354D, 384 IPC in sector 19 police station.
The police procured two days police remand of the accused on Tuesday. Police said that the accused used to collect pictures, videos of new models specially girls through whatsapp and later started extorting money by black mailing and sexual exploiting them. Meanwhile, the complainant has also provided screenshots of chat of alleged imposter to new models, in which he was asking them to send semi-nude or nude pictures.
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