The cybercrime officials of Pune police are trying to identify a person whom they suspect to have helped Mumbai-based teacher Sharif Siddiqui, 38, to upload a doctored video clip related to Burma riots on the web, triggering the mass exodus of northeast students from the city.
The Pune police picked up Siddique from Mumbai on Wednesday and questioned him on the clip. When his answers did not satisfy them, he was placed under arrest. Deputy commissioner of police (cyber - Pune City) Sanjay Shinde told HT on Friday that Siddique uploaded the clip from his mobile phone on August 10.
“We are verifying his past, his possible links with any organisations and if he has any role in the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan,” he said, adding it was too early for him to comment on the motive of the accused. “The Pune police had just got a four day police custody of Siddique and we are verifying all possible angles,” Shinde said, adding that Siddiqui has been remanded in police custody till September 24.
While Siddiqui uploaded the provocative clip — Burma Riots Thrilling Pictures: 2012 — the investigating officials also found two doctored MMS clips of riots on his mobile phone.
The video wrongly depicted killings of Muslims during riots in Burma. “We suspect Siddiqui received help from another person in procuring and uploading the provocative video. Our investigation is on to trace the person,” said inspector (cyber cell) Sangeeta Shinde Alphonso.
According to Alphonso, the hard disk of Siddiqui’s computer has been sent to the forensic laboratory. The cyber cell officials said that Siddiqui admitted to uploading the video. Siddiqui, however, told the police that he uploaded the clip “without any ill-intention”.
The police have registered a case under section 153 (A) of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.), and section 66-A and B of the IT Act.