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34-year-old techie arrested for stalking, defaming Mumbai singer

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Police in Mumbai have arrested a 34-year-old IT engineer from Visakhapatnam for allegedly stalking, defaming, and sending objectionable messages and images to a 27-year-old singer.

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Vijaykant Manda had been allegedly following her and her manager since 2016 — showing up at her office and concerts in different states.

The manager, who lodged the complaint, said Manda had taken part in a contest organized by the singer in 2018. “After participating in the contest, Manda had also come to her office in Mumbai when I happened to share my phone number with him,” said the 28-year-old manager in her statement to police.

Police said Manda showed up at the singer’s concerts in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and HyderaThe manager’s complaint reads: “He would often call and tell me that he wants to meet the singer. I would then refuse by saying that she is busy with her work.”

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According to police, Manda even went to her office along with his mother to propose marriage to the singer. In one instance, police said, he demanded a Rs 10-crore loan from the singer. The singer and her manager chose to ignore him, assuming Manda was a fan.

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He would often message me saying that he wanted to marry her,” said the manager in her statement to police.

bad in 2019. He would harass them by sending messages from four numbers.Manda allegedly managed to get the numbers of the singer’s businessman father and mother and would message them too.

“He would message them that he wants to marry their daughter and after they blocked his numbers, Manda then started sending messages from different numbers,” said the manager’s complaint. When nobody acknowledged him, he allegedly sent objectionable messages and photos on their Instagram accounts. He then showed up at their gate on March 10 and was denied entry.

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