In a significant development, Shahnawaz Maqsood Khan, also known as Baddo, was apprehended by Police in Mumbai on Sunday for his alleged involvement in converting minor boys through an online gaming app. The arrest came following a complaint filed by a teenager's father at Kavi Nagar police station in Ghaziabad, and a subsequent investigation led the authorities to Khan.
The Mumbai Police conducted extensive interrogations, and he is set to appear before the Thane court today.
The Ghaziabad police, eager to bring Khan to justice, sought transit remand for him. Earlier, a Ghaziabad police team had pursued Khan in Mumbra, where he managed to evade capture.
The search continued, leading the authorities to raid Solapur and question Khan's mother twice.
Eventually, the Mumbra police received a tip-off about Khan's presence in Worli, Mumbai, and promptly dispatched a team to apprehend him. However, they discovered that he had left for Alibaug.
Late at night, the Mumbra police reached Alibaug and commenced a thorough search of lodges and cottages in the area. At 11 am on Sunday, they successfully apprehended Khan along with his brother.
Although his brother has since been released, Khan remains in custody pending further legal proceedings.
The case revolves around Khan's alleged involvement in the conversion of minors through an online gaming app. It is believed that Khan and his accomplice, Abdul Rehman alias Nanni Ansari, would target children by creating fake IDs on the popular game Fortnite.
Through these deceptive means, they would engage the minors and gradually trap them in their conversion network.
Khan reportedly taught the losers of the game the Karma, a significant Islamic creed, under the guise of improving their chances of winning. Additionally, he and Ansari would employ banned Islamic speakers' videos to manipulate and indoctrinate these vulnerable youngsters.
The court has granted transit remand for Khan until June 15th, assigning the responsibility to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police for his safe transfer. It has been decided that Khan will be transported by road from Mumbra, Thane to Uttar Pradesh, where he will face further investigation and legal proceedings.
This arrest serves as a stern reminder of the need for vigilant monitoring of online platforms and the dangers posed by individuals seeking to exploit innocent children. The case highlights the importance of raising awareness about online safety and ensuring robust measures to protect minors from falling victim to such malicious schemes.
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