Pune: A 30-year-old man has been arrested by the Cyber Crime Cell of the Pune police on Friday for creating a fake Facebook account of Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and posting obscene posts. The arrested person claims to be a member of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on his Facebook profile.
The accused was identified as Rituraj Nalawade, a resident of Dholwad in Junnar. The accused informed the police that he works as a farmer and is also a journalist.
According to one of the posts of Nalawade on his Facebook account, he claimed himself to be the taluka president of MNS and also publishes weekly newspapers by the name of ‘Manse Ishara’ and ‘Yuvashakti’.
He has also campaigned on social media for his wife who is a teacher and has contested the elections of Pimpalgaon Joga Panchayat Samiti last year.
However, MNS has denied his claims. Dutta Shinde, an office-bearer of MNS in Pune, said, “He is not an MNS member. He was associated with MNS long back but in recent times, he has no connection with the party.”
Sunil Mane, media adviser of Bapat, said, “We have complained about the matter to the cyber cell last month and on Thursday an FIR was registered after which the accused was arrested.”
According to the sources, Nalawade was suspected of creating more than dozen other fake Facebook profiles including those of three women.
Sudhir Hiremath, DCP, Cyber Cell said, “How many profiles have been created by the accused is a matter of investigation. But yes, he has created many profiles and soon, we will find out.”
The police have booked Nalawade under Section 500 (Punishment for defamation) and 66C of IT Act.