The Mumbai police have asked social networking site Facebook to block the page containing doctored images of alleged atrocities against Muslims, which resulted in the violence at Azad Maidan on Saturday.
On Monday, Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime, told HT that they had requested Facebook to trace the IP address used to upload the photographs. “We have also asked them to track the fictitious accounts used to circulate the link,” he said. Once the source is established, a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Information Technology Act would be registered, Roy said.
Sources in the Mumbai police crime branch claimed that the images had been uploaded from a Pakistani IP address.
Also, cellular service providers in the city have been asked to trace the source of the inflammatory text messages that were circulated. “Even the organisers are being questioned to reveal the source of the SMSes,” Roy said.
Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik, meanwhile, admitted that he had to restrain his men from firing at the crowd as he feared a repeat of the 1992 riots.