The police found two more doctored clips on the computer and mobile handset of Sharif Ahmed Bashir Siddiqui (38), the school teacher from Mumbai who was arrested by the cyber crime cell of the Pune police for uploading a doctored clip and fanning violence against North East Indians. Sharif was remanded in police custody till Monday by judicial magistrate (first class) Jyoti Kotnis.
Sharif was arrested on Wednesday by the cyber crime cell. The police found that he had opened an account on YouTube and uploaded a clip with his computer. The police said he uploaded the clip on August 11, a day prior to the Mumbai violence. Siddiqui holds a bachelor’s degree in science (chemistry.)
Police inspector (cyber cell) Sangeeta Shinde-Alphanso produced Siddiqui before the court and sought his custody for seven days.
Assistant public prosecutor BR Patil argued, “The clip that was titled ‘Burma Riots - Thrilling Pictures 2012’ provoked the recent attacks on people from the North East in Pune and elsewhere in the country. The clip misrepresented attacks on Muslims in Burma as the situation in the North East. Sharif might also be linked to a terror or communal group. The police are yet to recover the CD-Rom of his computer from him.”
Shinde-Alphanso stated, “We have found two other provocative clips on his computer and mobile phone. We want to arrest the mastermind who made these clips.”
An officer from the cyber crime cell said, “The IPR address used to upload the clip belonged to Sharif’s elder brother. We questioned his brother and he revealed Sharif’s name. Sharif had hidden the computer in soiled clothes. We found the computer and then he admitted his misdeeds. He had opened his account on YouTube, which he used to upload the doctored clip and to download two provocative video clips.”