RR Patil Pune Facebook Case

Figuring out the face behind anonymous hate speech on social networks isn’t an easy job but Maharashtra Government says that it has mastered it. According to NDTV, the Maharashtra government says it has identified those responsible for posting morphed photos of iconic leaders on Facebook which triggered violence last week and again this weekend in Pune and neighboring areas.

Confirming that the case has been solved, Home Minister RR Patil has promised arrests soon. Patil today said that the “Facebook case” has been cracked and that all the incendiary images are being posted by the same group.

However, the police officers seem to be less confident and remain clueless. “Unless we are given the IP address by Facebook from where it has been uploaded we can’t go ahead and if the person who has posted it has used a proxy server then we are nowhere,” admitted Sanjay Kumar, Joint Commissioner of the Pune police.

These developments are the result of the communal tensions that Pune has been witnessing for some time now which has put the state government under the scanner and is in the pressure to crack the case.

Tensions started due to an allegedly objectionable photograph posted on Facebook about the warrior king Shivaji, his son Sambhaji and late Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. The matter shaped out to be worse when a young 24 year old IT professional Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was killed, allegedly by members of a radical Hindu outfit, as he was returning home.

While all this was about to settle and normalcy was restoring, the city encountered fresh incidents of violence last weekend. The violence erupted in parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad on Sunday after some derogatory post regarding Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was posted on social networking sites.

But what if the content was uploaded from an internet cafe or from a mobile with a prepaid SIM, can Facebook provide the details and will the police be in a position to nab the real criminals?

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