Child porn on WhatsApp: CBI unearths global racket

The CBI is conducting searches on the premises of the suspects in Delhi Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai

CBI arrests one administrator of a WhatsApp group that allegedly shared child pornography

The members were from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, China, U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya and West Asia.

The 199-member WhatsApp group was used to upload and download child pornography.

"The administrator of the child pronographic group has been identified as Nikhil Verma from Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj", added the CBI spokesperson.

"It was alleged that members of a WhatsApp group had uploaded/shared child abuse videos and images". The four other administrators - identified as Satyendra Chauhan of Mumbai, Nafees Raja and Zahid of Delhi, and Adarsh of Noida - are absconding, the officials said.

Sources said the agency will now write to the authorities in the countries in which the Whatsapp group members are nationals seeking information about them.

The CBI has also recovered mobile phones, hard disks, photographs and videos related to child pornography following searches in Delhi, UP and Maharashtra. The police said they are contacting law enforcement agencies of these countries in connection with the illegal activities on the group.

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Investigators are looking into whether it is an organised syndicate shooting child sexual abuse videos and selling it in the virtual world.

This group was in existence for two years and Verma was operating from Kannauj in UP.

CBI has registered a case under section 67-B of the IT Act against administrators and members of the WhatsApp group.

A second-time offender would be jailed for seven years and can be fined up to Rs 10 lakh.

The SC had in 2016 urged the Centre to stop access to websites featuring child pornography.

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