Facebook user who formed ‘I hate Ambedkar’ yet to be arrested

16/02/2011

The truant unidentified user of facebook who created a facebook page “I Hate Ambedkar” which caused around 400 people in Mumbai to come on the streets shouting Slogans is yet to be arrested. When the news of the hate community spread in Mumbai, a mob as big as 400 people came together in Khar and Bandra and created a ruckus. It was so bad that the authorities had to intervene.

The people were demanding the community to be blocked from Facebook and the unidentified person to be arrested. Five rioters were arrested by the police for destroying vehicles and for throwing stones. The police are surprised and have no clue as to who could have mobilized such a large group of people to a particular place.

The police are certain that no local people are involved. Reports are coming about the fact that all disturbances started when a local newspaper Lokmanya reported that a Punjabi boy has started a hate community against Ambedkar in Facebook. When asked questions Amitabh Gupta, Additional Commissioner of Police (West) said, “No local leader is involved, but we are finding out who gathered so many people for the protest. We called in additional force and restrained the protesters by 3.30 am.”

Talking about the issue K.M.M. Prasanna, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX, said that arrest warrant has been issued against the unidentified person and the police also approached the court in order to direct an order against the Facebook page. Giving feedbacks Mr Prassanna said, “The court said that the contents of the webpage were grossly offensive and may cause a law and order situation. It directed the authorities to take immediate steps with the Chief Technical Officer of Facebook, U.S., for blocking or deleting the page.” The person who is the accused is yet to be arrested by the police.

The recent Facebook controversy prior to Ambedkar hate community was the Vaseline controversy where the users could clear their facebook profile picture by removing the dark spots. This was done to promote Vaseline men product but the plan backfired.

http://ic-technews.com/others/3604-facebook-user-who-formed-i-hate-ambedkar-yet-to-be-arrested


‘I hate Ambedkar’ page on Facebook triggers protests

16/02/2011

Derogatory remarks about B R Ambedkar on the social networking site provoke a gathering of nearly 500 to resort to stone pelting and tyre-burning at Bandra, Khar and Andheri

Chaos erupted on the roads and bylanes of Bandra and Khar late last night after someone created a page termed ‘I Hate Ambedkar’ on Facebook.

The site allegedly also contained some derogatory comments about Ambedkar and as the news spread, a huge crowd of around 500 people gathered at Pali Naka in Bandra and on Carter Road shouting slogans and pelting stones on passing cars and buses.

Another massive crowd gathered at the Khar police station to protest and demand police action.

The protest did not stop there and people continued their rampage and set car tyres on fire at Khar and then joined other protesters forming a huge mob on Andheri Link Road.

The police finally decided to call in SRPF platoons and the situation was brought under control.

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyj4yzPf7PY

 

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/feb/150211-B-R-Ambedkar-Facebook-Pali-Naka-mumbai.htm


Facebook page on Ambedkar sparks row

16/02/2011

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Crowd damages public property in Khar, Bandra areas

More than 200 people damaged public property and indulged in rioting in the suburban areas of Khar and Bandra here late on Monday night, protesting a derogatory page on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on the social networking site, Facebook.

The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the rioters, K.M.M. Prasanna, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX, told The Hindu.

Offence registered

Mr. Prasanna said an offence was registered in the Khar police station against unknown persons who created the ‘I hate Ambedkar’ profile. Two separate cases of rioting have also been registered.

“We also approached the court today [Tuesday] to direct a competent authority to take action for blocking the derogatory page,” he said.

He said the court issued an order to the Director, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, in the matter.

‘Grossly offensive’

“The court said that the contents of the webpage were grossly offensive and may cause a law and order situation. It directed the authorities to take immediate steps with the Chief Technical Officer of Facebook, U.S., for blocking or deleting the page,” he said.

Elaborating on the way the events unfolded, he said a local Marathi newspaper Loknayak carried an article on Monday stating that a “Punjabi munda had opened a page on Facebook and given a distorted profile of Mr. Ambedkar.”

“At around midnight, more than 200 people gathered outside Khar police station. A delegation demanded that we register a complaint and immediately arrest the person who has opened the page. They also demanded that the website be blocked immediately,” Mr. Prasanna said.

Stone-pelting

He said that by the time they could look into it, the crowd started rioting, shouting slogans, and pelting stones. “They blocked S.V. Road, Linking Road. Many of them were drunk. There were many women too among the protesters. We resorted to lathicharge. But after we dispersed them, they damaged around 20 vehicles in the area,” he said.

Regarding the page on Dr. Ambedkar, a case has been registered under Sections 295, 153, 505 of the Indian Penal Code read with section 66 (a,b) of the IT Act, he said.


  • Police have approached court to block the derogatory page
  • Court fears the contents may cause law and order situation
  • http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1459918.ece
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    Facebook asked to block defaced Ambedkar page

    16/02/2011

    MUMBAI: Armed with a court order, city police 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.

    Read more: Facebook asked to block defaced Ambedkar page – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/internet/Facebook-asked-to-block-defaced-Ambedkar-page/articleshow/7503705.cms#ixzz1E6y90Rkh


    Protests over anti-Ambedkar webpage

    16/02/2011
    Express News Service Wed Feb 16 2011, 04:05 hrsMumbai:
    Security was tightened near the Babasaheb Ambedkar statue in Khar on Tuesday 

    Security was tightened near the Babasaheb Ambedkar statue in Khar on Tuesday
    Facebook, Defaced photo of Dalit icon on ‘I Hate Ambedkar’ community leads to violence in suburbs

    An anti-Ambedkar page on Facebook triggered protests in the western suburbs of Bandra and Khar in the early hours of Tuesday. The Khar police arrested five protesters and booked several others for rioting after they vandalised a few vehicles and threw stones.

    “No local leader is involved, but we are finding out who gathered so many people for the protest. We called in additional force and restrained the protesters by 3.30 am,” said Amitabh Gupta, Additional Commissioner of Police (West).

    Following nearly three hours of protests, the Mumbai Police assured the followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar that action would be taken against unidentified people who had formed an online community, ‘I Hate Ambedkar’, on the social networking site.

    By Tuesday evening, the police acquired an order from a Bandra magistrate’s court directing that a defaced photograph of Ambedkar be deleted from the webpage and the community be blocked.

    “We have also registered a case against an unknown person for hurting religious sentiments under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code. We will now take the help of cyber crime officers and Facebook to trace the unknown person and arrest him,” said an officer from Khar police station.

    Police said around 400 people gathered outside the Khar police station at 12.30 am, demanding that the defaced photo of Ambedkar be deleted from Facebook. When the police sought time, the mob got agitated, said an officer.

    … contd.

    Posted: Wed Feb 16 2011, 04:05 hrs
    Security was tightened near the Babasaheb Ambedkar statue in Khar on Tuesday 

    Security was tightened near the Babasaheb Ambedkar statue in Khar on Tuesday
    The protesters then began damaging cars and burning tyres near the Ambedkar statue on 18th Road near Carter Road in Khar west. Motorists were stopped and asked to take a different route.

    A motorist said he was on his way to South Mumbai when he was approached by a protester who asked him to take a U-turn if he wanted to save his car. “After dropping a colleague in Juhu, I was going towards Bandra Linking Road when a man aged about 25 stopped me and asked me to take a different route or my car would be broken,” said Ronak Kotecha, senior producer for a television channel.

    “When we moved ahead, we saw the entire road barricaded, people burning tyres and glass pieces scattered on the road,” said Kotecha who finally reached South Mumbai via the Western Expressway.

    Former MP and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale threatened to launch a statewide agitation to protest against the insult to Ambedkar. “People are expressing their anger at various places spontaneously. Our demand is that the people responsible for uploading the image on Facebook be punished,” he said.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Protests-over-anti-Ambedkar-webpage/750758/