As per reports, the CBI officials today arrested one person from Colonysahi area in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district in connection with the online child sexual abuse and exploitation case.
The accused, identified as Surendra Kumar Nayak, was forwarded to Special CBI court.
The six other arrested people include Raman Gautam, Sathyender Mittal and Purushottam Jha, residents of Delhi; Nishant Jain, resident of Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Jitendra Kumar, resident of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh; and T. Mohan Krishna, resident of Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
CBI had registered 23 separate cases on November 14, 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.
The premier probe agency, in a major crackdown on Tuesday, raided around 77 locations across the country in 14 States and Union Territories over the menace of online child abuse.
The raids were carried out at around 77 locations including Tirupati, Kanekal (Andhra Pradesh); Delhi; Konch Jalaun, Mau, Chandauli, Varansi, Ghazipur, Siddharthanagar, Moradabad, Noida, Jhansi, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh); Junagarh, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar (Gujarat); Sangrur, 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 the accused.
According to the FIR, there was information that 31 members of the aforementioned group were sharing CSEM content in connivance with each other.
As per the initial information collected, there were more than 50 groups having over 5,000 offenders sharing child sexual abuse material. Many of these groups also had the involvement of foreign nationals.
(With inputs from IANS)