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Mumbai Police to monitor social networking sites

Police will keep a tab on websites such as Google-owned Orkut as they host communities devoted to underworld dons.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 01:45 IST

With a plethora of fan clubs idolising underworld dons coming up on social networking websites, Mumbai Police are planning to closely monitor the content and the members of these communities.

"Though nobody has complained to us, we fear that the communities would be misused by organised crime syndicates. Moreover, there are thousands of members of communities devoted to dons," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Dhananjay Kamlakar.

There are eight fan clubs devoted to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and one each dedicated to Chhota Rajan, Chhota Shakeel and Abu Salem on orkut.com alone.

"We will have to monitor the material posted and also the members of the netwoking sites," he said.

Social networking sites, especially the Google-owned Orkut, were in the news recently.

The Pune crime branch had recently blocked a community which had posted objectionable remarks against the Maratha warrior king Shivaji.

A public interest litigation (PIL) has also been filed in the Bombay High Court asking for a ban on Orkut for hosting the anti-Shivaji community.

Earlier, while hearing another PIL, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court had issued a notice to the government about the presence of a community titled "I hate India" on the same site.