Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tip us off, cops tell citizens

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The city police on Monday evening conducted a meeting with trustees of several mosques, temples, college students and cyber experts at Birla Matoshree Hall, to avoid any untoward incident on the controversial posts on Facebook. The police said citizens must alert them about rumours that may lead to a law and order problem.
 Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region), said they had spoken to several students, met mohalla committee members and those looking after security at shopping malls. “Some groups are behind the posts. They want to create a communal divide.

People should help the police and we should not allow antisocial elements to create law and order problems,” he said.

Mumbai’s cyber crime investigation cell is probing the case of objectionable posts on the social networking site about Chhatrapati Shivaji, Dr B R Ambedkar and the Shiv Sena chief, the late Bal Thackeray. The Nanded police had stated last week that those who ‘like’ such posts would be booked under the Information Technology Act and under the Code of Criminal Procedure. A person could face three to five years in jail if convicted under Section 66(A) of the IT Act (punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc).

Cases against unidentified persons have been filed in Mumbai, Nerul, Pune, Nashik, Yeola, Aurangabad, Satara and Sangli. Three pages on Facebook have been blocked.

The Times of India, June 10, 2014

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