SSR Case: Maharashtra Home Minister Blames BJP IT Cell For Fake News

Anil Deshmukh said that the investigation will be done by the cybercrime division of the Maharashtra Police and crime branch of Mumbai Police.

Jessica David

October 7, 2020

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As Mumbai Police crackdown on Sushant Singh Rajput related fake news, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell is behind the fake news and added that he has proof about it. Deshmukh said, “According to the Michigan University study, BJP’s IT cell had opened many fake accounts and through these fake accounts they tried to malign Maharashtra and Mumbai Police. We have their names, identities also.” Deshmukh said that the investigation will be done by the cybercrime division of the Maharashtra Police and crime branch of Mumbai Police.

The Maharashtra minister referred to a study by the University of Michigan in the United States on the social media campaign in Rajput’s case. The study found that the BJP proposed “murder alternative” to the “suicide” narrative in the case, more aggressively than Congress. The study is titled Anatomy of a Rumour: Social media and the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput. The researchers also pointed to the role of hashtags in the social media campaign. “The use of hashtags by politicians shows a systematic targeting of the Shiv Sena,” the study noted.

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