Chhattisgarh cyber police asks Facebook to shut down Maoist page

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 RAIPUR: Cyber police in Chhattisgarh on Saturday sent a request to the Facebook authorities to close down an account called ‘Naxal Chhattisgarh’.

The Facebook page went viral with Naxalite propaganda after the Maoists stepped up violence in the tribal region of Bastar.

Additional superintendent of police (cyber cell), Shweta Sinha received a number of complaints about a much-hyped Facebook profile having more than 284 friends in its list.

“I have raised a request to the Facebook authorities to close down the page while we are trying to trace the IP address to know who has created and is maintaining the profile,” she said.

“Soon after the Maoists’ attack at Darbha valley took place on May 25, killing many Congress leaders, this page was prominently visible on the Facebook homepage of Chhattisgarh citizens. There are many persons in the list including students, activists, tribal youths, even few MLAs. Though the authenticity is yet to be confirmed, the contents indicate that Naxalites’ propaganda in the cyber world is their new advanced weapon,” an official spokesman said.

The Facebook page contained pictures of bodies of slain Congress leaders, who were killed in May 25 Maoist attack in Bastar district. The contents on Naxalites’ profile are ‘Hamar Chhattisgarh, Laal Salaam, which are ‘liked’ most. There are also few offers open to the users for purchasing, selling, reselling and repairing of arms and weapons. It says, “contact ‘Naxal Chhattisgarh’, leave us a message with your contact details.”

It appears that the profile user is luring the addicts as a source to supply drugs. Mentioning the names of drugs with the price it is offering “Charas for Rs 1700 per 10 gram, marijuana for Rs 4700 per kg, hash for Rs 1950 per 10 gram, cocaine for Rs 2300 per gram and heroine for Rs 3700 per gram”.

The profile user has also used castiest remarks and has expressed frustration towards the government for being insensitive and partial to general, ST, SC and OBC categories. Strongly criticizing Raman Singh government of corruption, it said that they would eliminate such corrupt politicians.

Meanwhile, the cyber cell has also filed an FIR against Ajit Jogi’s posters going viral which held him responsible for the Maoist attack on May 25. Jogi supporters had protested heavily as the images were passed on BBM, Whatsapp and Facebook.

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