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Picture on networking site leads to riot-like situation

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2012 01:02 IST

In November 2011, a communally sensitive photograph doing the rounds on a popular social networking site led to a riot-like situation in the eastern suburbs of the city, ending with stones being pelted.

Four persons, including a policeman, were injured and a public transport bus was damaged after a crowd of 1,000 persons took to the streets over the offensive photograph showing a holy structure in bad light that had been posted on a networking site.

The police registered a case of rioting against the protesters and arrested one person. A case was also registered against the unknown person who had posted the photograph on the networking site. The police initially detained a person from the city on whose profile the photograph was seen.

The police, however, later realised that the photograph in question had been posted on several profiles and on most occasions the person who owned the profile did not know anything about it.

Following this, the Mulund police also roped in the cyber crime team to locate the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the source where the photographs were first started posted from before appearing on the profiles of others.

The police believe this was done deliberately to create mischief. The police are still in the process of identifying the source of the person who circulated the photograph.