POLICE ASKS FACEBOOK TO SHUT DOWN

Date: 10/06/2013

CHHATTISGARH CYBER POLICE ASKS FACEBOOK TO SHUT DOWN MAOIST PAGE
Rashmi Drolia, TNN | Jun 1, 2013, 08.54 PM IST

Additional superintendent of police(cyber cell), Shweta Sinha received a number of complaints about a much-hyped Facebook profile having more than 284 friends in its list.


RAIPUR: Cyber police in Chhattisgarh on Saturday sent a request to Facebook authorities to close down an account called 'Naxal Chhattisgarh' going viral with Naxalite propaganda amidst Maoists stepping up violence in tribal region of Bastar.

Additional superintendent of police (cyber cell), Shweta Sinha received a number of complaints about a much-hyped Facebook profile having more than 284 friends in its list.

"I have raised a request to Facebook authorities to close down the page while we are trying to trace the IP address to know who has created and is maintaining the profile," she said.

"Soon after the Maoists attack at Darbha valley took place on May 25, killing many Congress leaders, this page was prominently visible on the Facebook home page of Chhattisgarh citizens. There are many persons in the list including students, activists, tribals youths, even few MLAs in the friend's list of their page. Though the authenticity is yet to be confirmed, the contents indicate that Naxalite's propaganda in the cyber world is their new advanced weapon," an official spokesman said.

The Facebook page contained pictures of bodies of slain Congress leaders, who were killed in May 25 Maoist attack in Bastar district and few other Maoist cadres. The contents on Naxalites profile are 'Hamar Chhattisgarh, Laal Salaam, which are liked and supported most. There are also few offers open to the users for purchasing, selling, reselling and repairing of arms and weapons. It says, "Contact naxalchhattisgarh, leave us a message with ur contact details."

It appears that the profile user is luring the addicts as a source to supply drugs. Mentioning the names of drugs with the price it is offering "Charas for Rs 1700 per 10 gram, marijuana for Rs 4700 per kg, hash for Rs 1950 per 10 grams, cocaine for Rs 2300 per gram and heroine for Rs 3700 per gram".

The profile user has also used castiest remarks and has expressed frustration towards the government being insensitive and partial to general, ST, SC and OBC categories. Strongly criticizing Raman Singh government of corruption, it said that they would eliminate such corrupt politicians.

Meanwhile, the cyber cell has also filed an FIR against Ajit Jogi's posters going viral which held him responsible for the Maoist attack on May 25. Jogi supporters had protested heavily as the images were passed on BBM, Whatsapp and FB.

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