Former TDP MLA’s son held for harassing NRI woman

Based on harassment complaint lodged by one 38 year old NRI woman with city police commissioner through email, Penamaluru police arrested one Akkineni Vijay Krishna (38), son of a former Telugu Desam MLA from Jaggaiahpet, Akkineni Lokeswar Rao, on Thursday, here. According to the police, the victim had lodged a harassment complaint with city police commissioner on February 2 from Louisville of Kentucky in USA.

The woman, who hails from Penamaluru of Vijayawada, got married 15 years back and was living in the US for the last 10 years. Reportedly, she had been facing harassment through WhatsApp and email from the accused since the last four years as Vijay Krishna threatened to upload her photos and video clips taken before her marriage.

They both belong to Penamaluru and resided nearby where family members were also close acquaintances. Both the accused and victim knew each other. To protect her marriage, she had sent a mail to city police commissioner Gautam Sawang. Later, after confirmation about the complainant, Sawang instructed Penamaluru police to investigate the case.

The police have confirmed the accused’s role in harassment. Vijay Krishna collected the phone number and email ID of the woman and started sending messages and comments to the victim asking her to leave her husband and get married to him. The police conducted raid on Vijay Krishna’s residence in Penamaluru and seized mobile phones, computer, hard disks and other electronic devices. The police found more than 500 pictures of the victim.
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Later, Gautam Sawang said that wife of Vijay Krishna, who is also a victim of dowry harassment, approached him and lodged a complaint. Based on complaints from both, the police have registered cases under Sections 354 (d), 506 for criminal intimidation, 509 for gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and a case under IT Act 2008, 498A of IPC was booked.

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