Almost a month after local member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal complained about the sudden surge of 'likes'on his Facebook page to Chandigarh police, the investigations have hit a dead end on Friday.
The former union Railway minister had approached the police and sought an inquiry, after he was surprised by the sudden spurt of 'likes'.The MP had suspecting foul play had lodged a formal complaint with the Chandigarh police. The 'likes' on his Facebook page had shot up from 51,600, to 62,500 in just one day.
The cyber cell of the Chandigarh police carried out investigations into the matter. The police sent a questionnaire to the Facebook authorities. A letter was sent to the custodian of records of Facebook. The police had asked for the IP address to know as to who had increased the likes and if one or more IP
addresses were used for increasing the 'likes'.
The Facebook has rejected the queries put forth by the Chandigarh police and have not divulged any details regarding the same.
The same month, 'likes' on the Facebook page of Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon and leaders Satyapal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan had also witnessed abnormal increase of 'likes'.
Tandon got likes from Istanbul. Jain and Dhawan had also approached the police. The deputy superintendent of police, cyber cell, Rajesh Kalia said, "We have failed to get records from Facebook, so we are left with very little scope to find the reason. For Bansal and Jain we have got reply from Facebook declining to give details. The reply for Harmohan Dhawan account is still pending on behalf of Facebook."