NE exodus: India to send morphed pictures to Pak

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 21, 2012 11:33 IST
  • Northeastern women wait with their baggage to board trains home, at a railway station in Bangalore. Thousands of people from the northeast are fleeing the ...

  • Policemen stand guard as youths from northeastern states wait to board trains at a station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz Rahi

  • A northeastern man holds a child as they wait to board a train to head home, at a railway station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz Rahi

  • A girl from the northeast eats an apple as she waits to take a train home, at a station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz Rahi

  • Two cyclists ride past a burnt vehicle in Rangiya, about 55 kilometers west of Guwahati, Assam. AP/Anupam Nath

  • A policeman inspects the site of violence in Rangiya, about 55 kilometers west of Guwahati, in Assam. AP/Anupam Nath

  • A northeastern man drinks water as he waits with others to board a special train to go back home, at a station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz ...

  • A volunteer from local organization Fight Against Corruption writes a placard asking people from northeastern states not to leave, outside a train station in Bangalore. ...

  • People from northeastern states wait to board a special train to go back home, at a train station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz Rahi

  • People from the northeast wait to board a special train to go back home, at a train station in Bangalore. AP/Aijaz Rahi

Nearly 40% of all pictures or videos — doctored or with misleading captions — that have been probed by security agencies for triggering the online hate campaign were uploaded from Pakistan, a home ministry official said on Monday.


The ministry has ordered over 250 webpages found to be carrying the morphed images to reveal registration details and access logs of its subscribers who uploaded such content.

"It has been found that in 38% of the cases where this information was available, the provocative images were uploaded from Pakistan," the official said.

All except one social networking site — that questioned the government's jurisdiction — were working with the government on this issue.


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"However, a lot more and quicker action is expected from them to address such a sensitive issue which concern restoring peace… and national security," a spokesperson of the department of electronics and IT, which issues the formal orders said.

Home ministry officials said they intended to compile the technical data for Pakistan to back the charge that Pakistani nationals appeared to have played an important role in the online hate campaign.

Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik had earlier rejected home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's reference blaming elements in Pakistan for fueling the hate campaign as "unfounded".

Malik had, however, promised to look into the charges if he was given the evidence.

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Home secretary RK Singh said Shinde had conveyed India's willingness to share all evidence related to involvement of certain groups and individuals who uploaded the morphed images and videos.

He, however, did not blame any particular extremist organization of creating the images.

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