Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Those behind anti-social posts identified




Teams Sent To Make Arrests, Says R R Patil


The Maharashtra government has identified those responsible for posting morphed photographs of Maratha warrior Shivaji and Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray on social media. 
Home minister R R Patil said on Monday that the case had been cracked but did not reveal the identity of those responsible. The state had sent teams to arrest them, he added.

A crime branch officer told TOI separately that during investigations, the origin of the posts has been found to be a north Indian state in one of the cases. “We are sending our team to nab the culprits,” he said, adding that the culprit seems to be an expert in spoofing servers, and that the posts were posted to Facebook using proxy servers in three countries, including Russia and Georgia.

“Anti-social elements are posting inflammatory posts to stoke hatred, bitterness and disharmony between sects,” he said, and warned that action would be taken not only against those who posted photos but also against those who ‘liked’,shared and forwarded them.

He denied that the Centre had sought and then rejected a special report on the killing of Pune techie Mohsin Shaikh from the state. He said the state was exploring the need for legislation to prevent the misuse of social media, such as ‘posting’, ‘sharing’, and ‘liking’ communally provocative issues and photos to avoid such communal tension. Maharashtra ranks first in the country in terms of use of social media.

Patil said reports on major incidents are always sent to the Centre to addressqueries raised at the national level.“There are no special directives from the Centre regarding the murder. There is also no controversy between the state and Centre over the issue. It is very clear that the youth was murdered, for which Hindu Rashtra Sena workers had been arrested,” he said, pointing out that Mohsin was “innocent” and had nothing to do with the posts.

Patil admitted that Mohsin died in the riots and justified the CM’s Rs 5 lakh compensation, saying the victim was one of the family’s prime breadwinners and was well-educated. “The state has enacted a law wherein the government can award compensation to any victim of violence, such as an attack or rape,” he added. “Those who ‘like’ and forward objectionable content are siding with the culprits, and in few days, you will see stringent action against them,” he said.

3 held in Aurangabad

Three persons have been arrested for allegedly posting objectionable material and pictures about a religion on a social networking site and a messaging platform, the police said in Aurangabad on Monday. The arrests were made in two cases. Santosh Yadav (37) and Sainath Yadav (21) were apprehended on Saturday after they allegedly uploading the objectionable material. AGENCIES 

The Times of India, June 10, 2014

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