Investigation into the case of the derogatory post on Facebook about Shivaji Maharaj, Hindu gods and political leaders has brought a new trend before the probing agencies. It has been revealed that the page was created last year and police suspect that the administrator of the page initially wrote positive things, to attract more people to Like the page. After a wait of a few months, the administrator posted derogatory comments. This made the police suspect that it could have been pre-planned, in order to spark tension.
Last Saturday, protests were witnessed in a few parts of the state after the remarks and morphed photographs of Hindu gods, Shivaji Maharaj and a late political leader with derogatory remarks were posted on the page. The case is being investigated by the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Mumbai police.
"In previous cases of malicious posts we investigated, we found that after the pages were created, the administrator posted malicious remarks immediately, with the intention of creating tension. The present case, however, is different. The controversial FB page was created last month. The administrator then invited people to join the page. The page had over 50,000 members before it was blocked by us. After waiting for a considerable time, it is only now that the administrator has posted the derogatory photographs and comments on the page," said a crime branch officer, requesting anonymity.
Speaking about the issue of the 'Likes' given by people to the comments posted, the officer explained, "After the derogatory content was put on the page, someone who was a member of the page had commented against the derogatory content, which, in turn was 'Liked' by many people. These 'Likes' are not supporting the derogatory content, but the comment that was opposing the derogatory content."
The police have contacted Facebook and sought details of the IP address of the computer that was used to upload the photograph and the derogatory comments. The police are also looking for the email address that was used by the administrator to open the page. The police are awaiting response from FB in the issue.
A 10 member delegation of the Muslim community comprising people associated with various NGOs, on Tuesday met director general of police Sanjeev Dayal, with regards to the Facebook row. "After the comments were posted, there was an immediate reaction from the Muslim community, in the form of protests and violence. If a person does some wrongdoing, the entire community is not responsible for it," said Farid Batatawala, who was leading the delegation. He added that Dayal has told them that most of the people involved in the violence have been caught and assured that all efforts will be made to maintain peace and law and order.