Police ask Facebook to block defaced Ambedkar photo link

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Mumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Armed with a court order, citypolice today asked popular social networking site Facebook toblock a page, which allegedly carried a defaced photo of Daliticon Babasaheb Ambedkar.

According to police, the photo was posted in a page ''WeHate Ambedkar'', created by an unknown user.

"Initially, when we contacted Facebook they said thatthey 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 regardfrom a local court and sent a scanned copy to the Facebookoffice in the United States of America, he said.

Police has registered a case under the relevant sectionsof the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Actagainst the unknown person for posting the photo on thewebsite, Roy said adding that further investigations in thecase are on.

Meanwhile, police has arrested five persons, who wereamong the about 300 people protested outside the Khar policestation, demanding that the defaced photo be deleted fromFacebook.

The five had allegedly vandalised a few vehicles andpelted stones in the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.

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