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Kanhaiya’s Facebook account likely hacked, given ‘nationalist’ makeover

JNU protests Updated: Feb 21, 2016 07:04 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Screengrab of Kanhaiya Kumar’s Facebook profile.

Jailed JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s Facebook account saw some mysterious activity on Saturday. The profile picture of the student leader’s Facebook account was changed to an image of soldiers hoisting the national flag late at night even the Kumar himself is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

Kumar’s original profile picture feature him standing infront of a logo of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). Even his cover image a photo of the Martyr’s Memorial in Patna, it was changed to a scenery painted in the tri-colour hue.

Closer examination of the profile photo shows it has clearly been doctored. The original image used is a photo of American soldiers raising their nation’s flag after the Battle of Iwo Jima; one of the most iconic shots of the Second World War. The American flag has been photoshopped out and has been replaced with an Indian one.

On the left is the original image of American soldiers at Iwo Jima, on the right is the photoshopped image that has been used on Kanhaiya’s account allegedly by hackers.

Members of the students council, who are agitating demanding Kanhaiya’s release, claimed, “His (Kanhaiya) account has been hacked purposely to aggravate the situation. We will report the matter to Delhi Police Cyber Cell.”

Jawaharlal Nehru University is caught in a row over an event in the campus against the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised.

The varsity’s students’ union president Kanhaiya is in judicial custody in a sedition case over the incident.

(With inputs from PTI)