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FIR against impostors faking Raj Thackeray’s identity online

An FIR was registered against unidentified people on Thursday, for allegedly creating fake social media accounts of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray as well as posting “objectionable pictures” of the MNS chief and his family members online, the police said.

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in connection with the complaint related to MNS chief Raj Thackeray,” Shivaji Park police station’s senior inspector Parshuram Kakad said.

“A written complaint was handed over to the police by Thackeray’s personal assistant Sachin More and accordingly the FIR was registered,” Kakad said.

The written complaint submitted on Wednesday by More read, “We wish to bring to your notice that fake accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut have been created in the name of MNS chief Raj Thackeray and intimate pictures of Thackeray have been posted online without his consent”.

The complaint stated that alleged impostors had sent “friend requests” to people online. After accepting these “friend requests”, the fraudsters indulged in chats in the name of Raj Thackeray.

“The impostor is fooling people by making them believe that Raj Thackeray himself is chatting with them,” it alleged.

It is imperative to take strict action against the accused as they have indulged in criminal acts of posting fake political reactions and thereby creating confusion in the minds of the people, the letter said.

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