Kozhikode: A final year degree student has been arrested by the Cyber Police for sending out fake Asianet News SMSes. The 20 year old from Thamarassery was taken into custody by the Kozhikode Rural SP on Sunday and was released on bail after being produced in the Thamarassery court today.
According to E S Bijumon, CI, Cyber Police Station, Tintu used the SMS Alert facility of Google to make a SMS channel in the name of Asianet News. Started in March 2009, this channel has 31,586 subscribers with 1175 posts. He used to send an average of 2-3 SMSes every day. Tintu’s prank came into the notice of Asianet News channel when he sent a sms nine days back saying there was a local bomb blast resulting in two deaths (“Nadapuram Kallachiyil Bomb sfodanam, 2 maranam”).
Calls to Asianet’s Kozhikode Bureau made the Bureau Chief to register a case in the local police station. Ravindran, Bureau Chief, Asianet News (Kozhkode) said, “We realised the gravity of the issue when we started getting complaints and panic calls from our viewers. A sms of this sort has the potential to ignite violence as this area is quite sensitive.”
Talking to Kerala IT News, Bijumon said, “We cracked the case in one day after it was referred to us. Although the motive hasn’t been established yet, Tintu has been booked under Section 66A of the IT Act for Offensive communication and also under Section 63 for Copyright violation.” He was also operating a separate channel in the name of Asianet Sports. Tintu was charging money for sending advertisement SMSes, a part of which was being paid in the form of recharge vouchers for his prepaid mobile connection, he added.
Kerala IT News