In the wake of the recent controversy over derogatory posts put up on Facebook about Shivaji Maharaj, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackarey, the Mumbai Police have asked senior inspectors at police stations across the city to conduct meetings with mohalla committee members and create awareness about the misuse of social media.
A circular issued by joint commissioner of police, law and order, Dhananjay Kamlakar states, "It has been brought to the notice of deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and senior inspectors that in the recent times, some miscreants had posted derogatory comments on Facebook and this has resulted in communal tension. Especially in Maharashtra, law and order situation has arisen in Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Nashik, Pune and Osmanabad."
It further stated that police bandobast has to be increased in sensitive areas, and DCPs, ACPs and senior inspectors should take meetings with mohalla committee members and make them aware about the misuse of social media and the present situation. "Appeal should be made to the youth not to post derogatory comments on Facebook and take help of the community and religious leaders in spreading awareness," it added.
Also, Anti-Terror Cells have been asked to gather intelligence on the issues that could lead to communal tension. Meanwhile, the state intelligence department has alerted the police to step up security in the wake of Shab-e-Baraat, which will be observed on Saturday.