1 more held for hate SMSes in Bangalore

The Bangalore police have arrested a fourth person for sending mass messages over cellphones and the Internet earlier this month,inciting anger among Muslims against people from the Northeast resulting in the exodus of nearly 30,000 people from the city

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: August 29, 2012 12:40:10 am

The Bangalore police have arrested a fourth person for sending mass messages over cellphones and the Internet earlier this month,inciting anger among Muslims against people from the Northeast resulting in the exodus of nearly 30,000 people from the city.

The accused has been identified as Moosa,who has a tyre repair shop in the City Market area. Police sources said he was a former activist of a group working in southern India for the benefit of the Muslim community.

The Bangalore police are yet to officially announce Moosa’s arrest or reveal his linkages. “He was a former activist of a group as far as we know. We are still investigating whether the messaging activity was an organised effort to incite violence or a random activity by a few individuals,’’ said a source in the police.

On August 18,the Bangalore police arrested Anees Pasha,26,who ran a mobile phone repair shop,and two of his alleged associates Tahseen Nawaz,32,and Shahid Salman Khan,22. Pasha was identified as the key link,reported to have sent thousands of messages within his community. His interrogation and analysis of his phone records revealed that he had received SMS and MMSes for mass forwarding from Moosa.

Police sources said Moosa told them he received the messages from some other persons. “We are trying to follow the chain that is being revealed,’’ said an officer,adding that Moosa sent 7,000-8,000 controversial messages.

“At our level we cannot comment on any associations with groups like the Popular Front of India. It is for top officials to announce that if any,” said another officer.

“The case is being monitored on a day-to-day basis by the police commissioner and an official announcement on investigations is likely in a day or two,’’ said DCP P S Harsha,who is the supervising officer for the investigations.

Investigators have sought the help of cyber forensics to retrieve logs for the messages sent and received on mobile phones seized from the alleged perpetrators.

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