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Mumbai teacher held for uploading 'Burma violence' clip
Sharif Ahmed Bashir Siddiqui

The cyber crime cell of Pune police on Wednesday arrested a Mumbai-based teacher for allegedly uploading a doctored video clip on a website, which is believed to have provoked the recent attacks on students and professionals from the northeast in the city and other parts of the country.

"The teacher, Sharif Ahmed Bashir Siddiqui (38), of Kurar village in Malad, had uploaded the clip from his computer at home. The clip was named 'Burma Riots - Thrilling Pictures 2012'," said deputy commissioner of police (cyber crime) Sanjay Shinde. The cyber crime had earlier arrested three people in Pune for circulating it. The clip, which showed violence in Myanmar, went viral on social networking sites and cellphones, wrongly represented as recordings of attacks on Muslims in the northeast.
The attacks on people from the northeast were reported from Kondhwa, Pune Camp and Hadapsar in the city. Following the attacks, many northeast students and workers left the city last month. While many of them have since returned, a large number have shifted homes from Kondhwa, from where most of the attacks took place, to other parts of Pune.

Earlier, the police had registered two separate cases under the Information and Technology Act for the circulation of doctored video clips with the Pune Cantonment and Kondhwa police stations. The cyber crime cell had arrested four youths for beating up people from Manipur in the Pune cantonment area.

Shinde told TOI that the cyber crime cell was trying to trace the people who had created the doctored clip and uploaded it on the websites. "We had also sought help from Google to trace the suspects. After getting some inputs, we contacted Siddiqui and called him for questioning to Pune. Under sustained interrogation, he admitted to having uploaded the clip on the website," he said.

A senior officer from the cyber crime cell told TOI that investigations so far have revealed that Siddiqui had got the doctored clip on his cell phone. While uploading his daughter's photograph on a website, he had also uploaded the clip.

Police inspector Sangita Alphonso Shinde of the cyber crime cell said Siddiqui is B.Sc. (chemistry) and teaches in a school at Dindoshi in Mumbai. "We will produce him before the court on Thursday," she said.

16 NE-hate clips uploaded from Pak: cyber crime cell
Police arrest Mumbai-based teacher on Wednesday for uploading video that spread discord after tracing IP

Out of the 17 video clips found on different websites spreading anti-Northeasterner sentiment that sparked the recent exodus to the North East (NE), only one has been uploaded in India – the rest were uploaded from out of the nation.
City cyber crime cell officials arrested teacher Sharif Ahmed Bashir Siddiqui (38), a resident of Malad (East) in Mumbai on Wednesday, for allegedly uploading the video clip on a web portal dedicated to videos.
Siddiqui, a BSC graduate, works as a teacher at a primary school in Mumbai. He allegedly uploaded the video clip to spread communal discord in August this year.

The cyber crime cell had been observing several sites supporting the video clips after a spurt of attacks took place in the city against students and professionals from NE. Students staying in Camp and Kondhwa had been beaten up by local youth and investigations revealed some clips had been spreading hatred.
Police monitored several sites and found 17 clips had been downloaded by suspects and were being circulated among local youth via Bluetooth.
Apart from the clip uploaded by Siddiqui, all clips were uploaded from computers in Pakistan. Police located the Internet Protocol (IP) in Mumbai and nabbed Siddiqui for uploading the clip ‘Burma Riots Thrilling Pictures – 2012’. Police are now ascertaining whether Siddiqui is related to any terror group and whether anyone provided funds to him.
They are also probing his intention behind uploading the clip. Acase against unidentified persons was filed at Cantonment police station in August.
Cyber crime cell officers had earlier arrested Shahbaj Sadiq Punjab, Arif Munnawar Khan, Imran Irfan Khan and Mohammed Afzal Abdul Rehman Khan for spreading hatred and forwarding controversial video clips.
A team headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber, Economics) Sanjay Shinde and police inspector Sangeeta Alphonso are investigating the case.


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