Sunday, February 2, 2014

Click on police website, get info on bridal fashion

 

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: If you intend to search for city police’s official website—mumbaipolice.org —brace yourself for the unexpected. Of late, thousands of Mumbaikars seeking police help online are being directed to a fashion website for young women, brides and even their bridesmaids and flower girls.
 
    The police website, which was active for eight years, became non-operational a few months ago. Now, once you key in mumbaipolice.org, you are instantly directed to the colourful homepage of madamebridal.com with photographs of foreign models in bridal and summer wear. The dresses on this website are priced from $100 to $600. One B Hristov has been mentioned as the site’s owner.
 
    Sources in Mumbai’s cyber crime cell admit the website became “defunct a long time ago”. An officer told TOI: “Now, we have a new site —www.mumbaipolice.maharashtra.gov.in—which has been operational for several months.”
 
    It has all the details that people looked for in the earlier website, even photographs of former police commissioner Satya Pal Singh, who resigned to join the BJP and served his last day on Friday.
 
    The site—which police officers say is updated on a dayto-day basis—still mentions Singh as the city police chief and also carries his video message.
 
    Sources say the earlier city police site was on a USbased server and they did not renew it after its term expired. “There is a possibility that some other person/ company might have purchased
the domain name,” said an officer and added, “It’s a routine practice.”
 
    “Now, the new police website is associated with National Informatics Centre (NIC) server. NIC is the premier science and technology organization of the Union government in informatics services and information-and-communication-technology applications. NIC is a part of the ministry of communications and information technology.”



The Times of India, February 2, 2014

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