Police book ‘Mangalore Muslims’ accounts FB for spreading hate message

The Mangaluru Cyber, Economic and Narcotics Crimes Police on Monday recorded a suo motu case under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Computer Act against those who operate the “Mangalore Muslims” Facebook page for inciting communal hatred and violence in the context of the murder of Shreeharsha in Shivamogga on Sunday.

Staff from the Police Commissioner’s Office Social Media Cell noticed the posts on the FB page and complained to CEN Police.

Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar told reporters here on Monday that the FB post called Shreeharsha a “street dog” who was killed for defaming the Prophet in 2015. Anyone who insults the Prophet, including the TV presenter Ajith Hanumakkanavar, will meet the same fate, the post says.

He also said that Minister KS Eshwarappa financed Shreeharsha’s murder through Muslims and if he was questioned the truth of Shivamogga’s murder would be revealed.

The complaint also said that the FB page has continuously posted provocative and insulting statements and materials against Hindu leaders for a long time. Its aim seemed to be to drive a wedge between communities and incite communal violence.

Meanwhile, it was discovered that Mohammed Rafique was sharing posts from the “Mangalore Muslims” page in other groups, including “Political Adda”, and participating in discussions.

Continuous monitoring

The police commissioner said no one should believe they can escape the long guns of the law after spreading rumors and hate messages on social media. The police are constantly monitoring his activities through his social media cell. Not only those who create the posts, but also those who share those posts will be dealt with under the law, Kumar warned.

The social media cell, he said, monitors up to 1,064 social media accounts, including those of individuals, groups, politicians and hate mongers. Information is constantly collected on those who make hateful, reprehensible and provocative statements. Six trained staff and others work around the clock at his office’s social media monitoring cell, he said.

Since social media is a powerful medium, it should be used for constructive purposes, the police commissioner said.

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