New Delhi, Aug. 18: The government today alleged that Pakistani mischief-makers had uploaded the doctored Internet images that created tension in India and played a part in the exodus of Northeast citizens from cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad.
“We will raise this issue with Pakistan and I am sure they are going to deny it,” Union home secretary R.K. Singh told TV channels.
Singh added, however, that the text messages that spread the scare had not been posted from Pakistan. Sources said the texts originated from Mumbai and Bangalore.
Eight people, including three today, have been arrested in Bangalore for rumour-mongering and another eight for attacking or threatening people from the Northeast.
Some 76 websites with the morphed images have been identified and the bulk of these were uploaded in Pakistan, home secretary Singh said. “Morphed images and photographs of people who had died in cyclones and earthquakes (in foreign countries such as Tibet) were circulated as victims of violence in Myanmar on 76 websites. All these websites have been blocked, and 34 more sites have been identified and will be blocked soon,” he said.
Two cyber intelligence units --- Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-IN) and the National Technical Research Organisation, which is under the national security adviser --- are countering the rumour-mongering from the neighbourhood, sources said.