MMS clip used to instigate attackers, say cops

Aug 14, 2012, 08:02 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

Investigation into the attack on 25-year-old Rokuozetuo Ltu, which occurred around 8 pm on Saturday at his residence, revealed that his attackers were instigated by an MMS clip that is in circulation through mobile phones in the city.

Two more arrested
Kondhwa police officials also arrested two more people for attacking Ltu, taking the total number of arrests to 11. The arrested duo was identified as Nilesh Tanaji Sathe (31) and Mohsin Aslam Shaikh (29) of Kondhwa. They will be produced in the court today. Assistant Commissioner of Police V T Pawar said that during investigation they discovered that Ltu’s attackers, the first nine people, had assembled at their regular meeting point in Kondhawa and where the provocative MMS clip was shown and circulated among them. All the nine accused are currently out on bail, which they secured yesterday. 

Provocative MMS clip
“After watching the clip, these youths decided to attack all the Assamees living in the vicinity. They had seen Ltu in the area and knew his residence.  They reached his residence, forced him out his house and thrashed him. They were later joined by Shaikh and Sathe,” Pawar said. Pawar said the police have asked mohalla committee members and others from particular religious organisations to appeal to their community to stay away from indulging in any kind of violence.  Assistant Police Inspector S G Thopte said police officials were investigating whether Ltu’s assailants were instigated to attack him, and the source of the provocative MMS clip. “We suspect the youths got provoked after watching the clip. After examining the clip we realised that it has been doctored to instigate a particular section of society,” Pawar said yesterday.

Investigating the source
Cyber Cell officials have already started investigating the source of the provocative MMS clip, which is being circulated in the city rapidly, and is supposedly responsible for the recent attacks on students hailing from North East.  Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol said that social networking sites and MMS campaign are primarily responsible for the attacks on NE students in the city. “I have spoken to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber), Dr Sanjay Shinde, and instructed him to investigate the source of the MMS clip. I've also asked him to take necessary precautions to curb the menace of this clip,” Pol said.

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