Attack on N-E youths: Mumbai teacher held over hate video

The cyber cell of the Pune police on Wednesday arrested a school teacher for allegedly uploading a video on YouTube,which had led to communal tension and attacks on Northeast students in the city last month

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 20, 2012 3:43 am

The cyber cell of the Pune police on Wednesday arrested a school teacher for allegedly uploading a video on YouTube,which had led to communal tension and attacks on Northeast students in the city last month.

Accused Sharif Ahmed Bashir Siddiqui (38) is a resident of Basuwala society at Kurar village of Malad (East) in Mumbai.

The Cantonment police had earlier arrested four persons — Shahbaz Sadiq Punjabi (21),Arfi Munnawar Khan,Imran Irfan Khan and Mohammed Afzal Abdul Rehman Khan — in this case under Section 153(a) of the Indian Penal code and Section 66(a)(c) of the Information Technology Act.

Students from Manipur,who were attacked in the Camp area by miscreants,had lodged the police complaint in this case. Investigation revealed that the attackers were provoked by some videos of ethnic violence purported to be shown as Assam riots between Muslims and the Bodo population there.

During investigations,a team of the cyber cell started probing the details of persons who uploaded video clips on YouTube and other social networking sites that created hatred against the Northeastern population in Pune. The police had also got in touch with the offices of these websites.

Investigation by a team led by DCP (Cyber Cell) Sanjay Shinde and ACP Sangita Shinde revealed that Sharif Siddiqui had uploaded a hate video named “Burma Riots Thrilling Pictures 2012” on YouTube.

As further investigations confirmed his involvement in the offence,the cell picked up Siddiqui from his Mumbai residence and arrested him on Wednesday. Siddiqui teaches science at a local school in Malad. The police said he uploaded the video from his personal computer at his residence. He reportedly told the police that he got this video from someone on his cellphone. Investigation is on to identify the person.

“We arrested Siddiqui today. We do not know yet whether or not he is connected to any organisation. His purpose behind uploading the video is also being probed,” said DCP Shinde.

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