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Kolkata: Police have arrested a mechanical engineer youth for alleged sexual exploitation and torture of his girlfriend who is a software engineer at a private firm at Salt Lake Sector-V in Kolkata.

Both the accused youth and the girl are natives of Bokaro in Jharkhand and had studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in Uttarakhand. They, however, got introduced to each other about three years ago over a social networking site.

Going by a complaint lodged by the girl at Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station at Salt Lake, her boyfriend Rahul Tripathi sexually exploited her for the past three years.

But as their relationship turned sour recently, he began to blackmail her using photographs of their intimate moments that he had shot on his mobile phone. Tripathi also allegedly took away all her educational certificates through emotional manipulation and is refusing to return those.

Acting on the complaint, a team from Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station arrested Tripathi last night. He was produced at Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Court today and the court has sent him to police custody.