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Punjab Police register case over fake videos of Amarinder


IANS Chandigarh
The Cyber Cell of Punjab Police has registered cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act after a morphed and dubbed video of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh went viral on the social media, a spokesperson for the chief minister said here on Saturday.
"The cases have been registered against unknown persons, with preliminary inquiries revealing that the malicious video had been uploaded and doctored by an unknown person with the user name 'Harsh Sofat' (@harshsofat9)," the spokesperson said.
The police have also initiated steps to get the malicious content removed from all social media sites, the spokesperson added.
"In the video, the voice of the Chief Minister has been altered by deliberately slowing down its pace in a bid to create an impression that he is under the influence of some intoxicant," the spokesperson said.
The video has been "wilfully manipulated, uploaded and circulated on the social media platforms with the sole intent of tarnishing the Chief Minister's image".
Cases under Sections 67 of IT Act 2008, and Section 500 and 505 of the IPC (for creating mischief) have been registered.
"Initial investigations by the cyber cell have revealed that the video had been created using a Chinese app, 'TikTok', which allows users to dub and alter voices on recorded videos," the spokesperson said.
The user, according to the police, is following two accounts: "thiscouple" (@mdeepkur87) and "Being Nawaz" (@funnyyadavji), and has three followers, @Happy mundhon" (@sukhdevsukhahappy), "Oyekhurmi" (@oyekhurmi) and "Kinda Kinda" (@kindakinda9) on the TikTok app, the spokesperson said.
The video was initially circulated on a WhatsApp group, 'Youth group nabhaz', and also uploaded on a Facebook Page 'Majha Akali Page'.
Further investigations are under way to identify the suspect, he added.

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 8:42 PM IST

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