Wednesday, February 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mumbai police ask Facebook to block defaced Ambedkar photo link

Mumbai police ask Facebook to block defaced Ambedkar photo link
Published: Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011, 21:22 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

Armed with a court order, city police today asked popular social
networking site Facebook to block a page, which allegedly carried a
defaced photo of Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar.

According to police, the photo was posted in a page 'We Hate
Ambedkar', created by an unknown user.

"Initially, when we contacted Facebook they said that they can't block
the link unless there is a court order," joint commissioner of police
(Crime) Himanshu Roy said.

Crime branch sleuths today got an order in this regard from a local
court and sent a scanned copy to the Facebook office in the United
States of America, he said.

Police has registered a case under the relevant sections of the Indian
Penal Code and Information Technology Act against the unknown person
for posting the photo on the website, Roy said adding that further
investigations in the case are on.

Meanwhile, police has arrested five persons, who were among the about
300 people protested outside the Khar police station, demanding that
the defaced photo be deleted from Facebook.

The five had allegedly vandalised a few vehicles and pelted stones in
the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.

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