Ex-IT firm employee held

The cyber crime cell of the police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old former employee of an IT company for allegedly reaching out to women with job offers followed by sexual harassment.

According to the police, the accused, Ananth Hebbar, has a BA from a college in Karwar. He had worked as a business development manager in an IT firm in J.P. Nagar, and had access to data from a job portal. He had been sacked last year after being caught misbehaving with a female employee.

A senior police officer said, “He would introduce himself as a recruiter of a social networking site and fix interviews with women candidates.”

After ‘interviewing’ them, he would inform ‘selected candidates’ that they were scheduled to meet the ‘head of the company’ in the next round.

According to the police, he would then call them constantly demanding a sexual relationship.

Complaint filed

Unable to bear the alleged harassment, one woman filed a complaint with the cyber crime police on July 7. The police asked the woman to agree to his terms and then set a trap for Hebbar.

As per the plan, she booked a room in a hotel and called Hebbar there. On Wednesday, when Hebbar tried to check in, he was nabbed by the cyber crime police.

“The accused confessed to duping and cheating many women job-seekers. Fearing social stigma, they chose not to file a complaint with the police,” said an officer with the cyber crime cell.

Police claim that this is not the first time he has been caught harassing women.

He had been arrested in a similar case in March 2017 by the Yeshwantpur police, but managed to secure bail.

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