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Father of ‘cyber crime’ accused clarifies
Published on 19 Apr. 2011 1:28 AM IST
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Prof. Shiva Jatan Thakur, father of Shashwat Kumar (25), arrested by Dimapur police on charges of posting “obscene pictures” of a Naga girl on social networking site, Monday expressed deep hurt on reading the rejoinder issued by Akum and Sumika which appeared in this daily on April 18.
It may be recalled that Akum and Sumika had reacted to Prof. Shiva’s allegation that the two barged into the East PS on April 3 and slapped his son in his presence.
Prof Shiva dismissed as baseless the rejoinder issued by the duo that his son, on seeing Akum, peeping into the OC’s office, went charging outside and after seeing the complainant(girl) standing outside, started charging her “with the intention to cause bodily harm”. The duo had clarified they had only blocked Shashwat’s path by pushing him back.
Prof. Shiva described the rejoinder by Akum and Sumkia as “totally baseless and unfounded” and asserted that he happened to be sitting with his son.
Prof. Shiva said the duo had publicly admitted having applied their physical force “to push my son” instead of being honest that they had slapped his son while he was under custody of the police.
Further, Prof Shiva said he was also appalled by the “totally incorrect allegation” that his son posted bare photograph of a girl on the site.
“Such allegation is seemingly designed to rouse regional sentiment in favour of the girl to the detriment of my son,” he said. He also maintained that the girl in her FIR, had never alleged that the accused posted her “nude photograph”.
On the contrary, the professor said she admitted “the photograph that he has uploaded in these fake profiles are pictures that he had taken when we were together”.
Prof. Shiva while admitting that photograph showed his son and the girl “together passionately hugging each other smilingly”, however claimed that such photograph can not be dubbed as “nude photograph”.
He said it was “intentionally” made to appear so to the public psyche.
He went on to claim that Naga girl had stayed with them at Patna for a week from October 26-30, 2008, and enjoyed the hospitality and festivities of their home.
“Several photographs of this occasion bear witness to mutual relationship,” he claimed.
The professor said his son even gave her precious jewel to mark the start of “auspicious occasion leading to their marriage in course of time.”
However, Prof.Shiva said her “act of betrayal” has severely “agonized” his son so much that he was afflicted with Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and on regular medication ever since.
He said even the OC in his application to CJM dated April 4, 2011 admitted the recovery of medicines from his possession at the time of arrest.
“What has deeply saddened me the most is the fact that the simple story of love making and love breaking is purposively sought to be blown out of proportion to paint my son as cyber offender instead of being forlorn lover afflicted with mental disorder,” he said.
The professor also alleged that collusion of the complainant and the police was borne out by the fact that Dimapur police flew to Kolkata in blatant violation of Sec. 80 of IT Act 2000 whereunder “the police officer not below the rank of inspector authorized by the central government through notification” alone was empowered to make search and arrest of the person charged with cyber offences.
He went on to assert that OC was not at all authorized by the central government through any notification to arrest his son for cyber offences.
He allege that the law had been “deliberately flouted only to favour the complainant” as she was the relative of a senior official in Nagaland.
Prof.Shiva claimed that the explicit answer top the question as to who met the air travelling expenses of the two police men and his son from Dimapur to Kolkata, whether the complainant or state government, would unmask the true face of criminal conspiracy.

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