Assam Police request Facebook to block ULFA-I’s new FB Profile
After recently the banned insurgency outfit of Assam- United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) [ULFA(I)] made its debut on a popular social media platform-Facebook, Assam Police has requested Facebook to block the banned outfit from the social media platform at the earliest.
After the account of ULFA-I surfaced on Facebook declaring that the banned outfit will remain active on Facebook from now onwards, the rebel outfit went a step ahead and posted a Facebook video where nine cadres, dressed in camouflage, carrying assault rifles and backpacks, are heard saying how the “Assam Police made a fool of itself”. As per sources, the video was recorded post the Bordumsa ULFA(I)-Police encounter episode. The Facebook account of the outfit goes by the name – Ulfa Swadhin and the location is marked as Guwahati.
One of the cadres said in the video, “See…how Assam Police made a fool of itself…it became a fool….now there is no stopping…if they attack us, we will attack them too…we will not spare them any longer…..”.
It is to be noted that the cadres were speaking Assamese language and some parts of the video were not audible.
Interestingly, though Assam Police has launched a special cyber patrolling unit post the June 8 Karbi Anglong lynching case, the officers claimed that they were not aware of the video when media contacted them.
A top Assam Police official said, “We haven’t watched the video yet….but we have already written to the Facebook to block the particular Facebook account and also asked for the IP address of the same.”
Currently Assam Police cyber cell is monitoring the activities of the banned Outfit and are working to stop any suspicious activities taking place online.
“Unless the outfit is an Islamic terror group, Facebook takes time to react. We are waiting for feedback from the Facebook officials,” said another Assam Police top official.
When quizzed id any action will be taken against such users, another top Assam Police official said, “We will examine it…..if we come across anything seditious, we will take actions. As of now, we are not thinking on that line.”