Pro-Pak FB message: Man held for impersonating friend

Pro-Pak FB message: Man held for impersonating friend

Nagaraj Mali, the suspect.

The district police have cracked the case with regard to the posting of pro-Pakistan messages on Facebook in Ramdurg town of the district.

Investigations showed that the suspect had created a Facebook account for his friend, Mohammad Shafi Benne of Ramdurg. He was operating the account parallely without Benne's knowledge.

The suspect - Nagaraj Mali of Kankanwadi in Ramdurg taluk - posted pro-Pakistan messages on the account with malicious intent, after Benne refused to lend money to Mali. Police remanded Mali in judicial custody.

Benne had claimed that he he was innocent and filed a complaint, saying his account was hacked. Subsequently, it came to light that the posts had been uploaded from a device other than his mobile phone.

Addressing mediapersons on Monday, Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Reddy said the police, on Sunday evening, detained Mali. He said accused Mali was running a computer centre and had created the Facebook account for Benne. Nagaraj, who was earlier a Congress worker, closed down the centre as he suffered losses. Benne had given monetary assistance to the suspect, but distanced himself from Mali after the latter sought more money.

The police have booked a case under various sections of the IT Act. Reddy said those who share and like anti-national messages on the said Facebook account will also be booked.