Kerala: Petrol pump manager held for blackmailing girls using morphed pictures, videos


  • Accused befriended his victims on Facebook then morphed images & extorted money from them
  • He also made a lot of money using a public sector petroleum company’s loyalty program
  • He wanted the extorted money to settle in Brazil with his new girlfriend and pay off debts

The Cyber Crime Unit of Delhi Police (CyPAD) received a complaint from a distressed father who alleged that a person who was his daughter’s Facebook friend, had sent him and his family members morphed, sexually explicit photos and videos of his daughter.

According to the complaint, the person threatened the father that if he didn’t pay up Rs 8 lakh, the offensive photos and videos would be shared with the complainant’s friends and other relatives through WhatsApp and social media. The accused further threatened to sell these videos to porn sites unless the money was coughed up.

Considering the seriousness and urgency of the situation, an FIR was registered and a team of CyPAD was immediately formed under the supervision of Aditya Gautam, ACP CyPAD, consisting of SI Parbhat, ASI Harjeet, HC Jitender, Ct Amit and Ct Parnay to nab the accused.

Technical analysis was done and the location of the accused was identified. Since the time he had started trying to extort money from the victim’s father, the accused was constantly changing his location.

The team laid a trap and as soon as the accused reached Kollam in Kerala, a raid was conducted and he was arrested. Two mobile phones, a laptop and other devices were recovered from his possession.

The accused, Akhil Ajayan (26), is an English Literature graduate from Kollam. His father works as a tailor and mother is a homemaker. He started working as a petrol pump operator since he was 18 years old to fulfill his desire for fancy gadgets and a lavish lifestyle and soon moved up the hierarchy to become the manager.

26-year-old Akhil Ajayan

During his tenure as a manager, he used a scheme of a public sector oil company to reward loyal customers, HP DriveTrack, to his own advantage. He would collect cash from customers and use the DriveTrack card of his friends and family members to make payment and get five per cent cashbacks.

Using this modus operandi, he ended up earning up to Rs 1.5 lakh extra per month as DriveTrack cashback, thus illegally pocketing incentives meant for loyal customers.

In due course, he started using social media to befriend women like the complainant’s daughter. Once he had befriended her, he gathered all the information about her relatives and family members from Facebook and then tried to use the information to extort the complainant by creating morphed pictures and videos of his daughter.

The accused had a lavish lifestyle and loved to own the latest mobile phones and gadgets. On further interrogation, he disclosed that he had taken a loan to buy iPhone Xs Max for around Rs 1.25 lakh and didn’t have the money to repay it.

The accused is also extremely fond of travelling and needed a lot of money for the same. From the initial examination of his devices recovered and interrogation, it was found that the accused befriended several other innocent girls, including a Brazilian national. He had travelled to Turkey earlier this year to meet the Brazilian woman and had taken 6,000 USD from her.

The accused Akhil Ajayan revealed during the interrogation that with the help of the extorted Rs 8 lakh, he had planned to escape and settle in Brazil. The accused is being further interrogated and investigation of the case is on-going.


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