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City police to use social media to counter ‘e-attacks’

Terming the defamatory posts on social networking sites as an “e-attack” that led to untoward incidents, Police Commissioner Satish Mathur on Wednesday said the police would counter such incidents through social networking sites. “It is not possible to ban social media sites carrying defamatory posts that create law and order problems, as a ban on […]

By: Express News Service | Pune |
June 12, 2014 9:54:13 am
Satish Mathur Satish Mathur

Terming the defamatory posts on social networking sites as an “e-attack” that led to untoward incidents, Police Commissioner Satish Mathur on Wednesday said the police would counter such incidents through social networking sites.

“It is not possible to ban social media sites carrying defamatory posts that create law and order problems, as a ban on one site won’t yield results. There are many social media sites and they cannot be controlled. The best way to tackle e-attack is through launching a counter to it through the same medium and soon the city police will start doing it,” said Mathur in a peace meeting called by city Mayor Chanchala Kodre.

Mathur said the social media has become a “monster” and the youth have got hooked to it and are getting involved in all kinds of discussions in the virtual world.

“The sentiments of the youth are hurt by defamatory posts on social networking sites and they jump out on streets to express their anger. The police urges the youth to not like, comment, share or forward defamatory posts on social networking sites. They should forward it to the city police for further action,” Mathur said.

Citizens can inform the police on crimecomp.pune@nic.in or contact them on 020-64106500, 7028111222.

The police have started playing slides carrying this information in cinema theatres.

The police commissioner said the city police started sending notice to social networking sites on the defamatory posts but did not think much would be achieved from it.

The police have started forming a WhatsApp Group of prominent citizens, including MPs, MLAs and corporators as members to be part of their action to control the situation, Mathur said. “There will be a WhatsApp Group active for each zone so that the police message reaches out to group members with immediate effect. This will help in participation of prominent citizens in maintenance of law and order by ensuring the public do not fall for the rumours.”

Mathur said the youths have to be reached out to as they are more prone to get disturbed by rumours and parents need to keep watch on movement of their children. “The police will also send letters to the parents of children booked for rioting. The parents should be made aware of the offences that are being registered against their children,” he added.

Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikas Deshmukh said there was a need to teach the youth the use of social networking sites.

“The misuse of social networking sites is leading to a lot of problems and the youth should be made aware of the repercussions,” he added. The mayor said the PMC will actively help the city police in maintaining law and order.

“The civic body would also explore the possibility of reaching out to schools and spreading the message of peace,” she said.

DEFAMATORY POSTS

Residents can inform police on crimecomp.pune@nic.in or contact them on 020-64106500, 7028111222. Police have started displaying this information in cinema halls.

5 sent to police custody

PUNE: Hadaspar police on Wednesday produced in court five men arrested for burning down a bakery in Hadapsar area on June 2 in the violence that followed posting of derogatory pictures on Facebook. They were remanded in police custody till June 14. According to police, 10-12 people torched Patel Bakery and an adjoining room. The fire resulted in a loss of Rs 49,000 to the owner including loss of flour, grinding machines and bicycles.

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