Chhattisgarh: Nisha Jindal, with 10,000 Facebook fans, turns out to be a man

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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police went looking for a ‘Nisha Jindal’, who posted ‘inflammatory comments on her Facebook page, only to find out that she was a ‘he’. And one who has been failing his undergrad engineering exams for 11years. Police say the accused, 31-year-old Ravi Pujar, used to post communal messages under fake IDs.

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police went looking for a ‘Nisha Jindal’, who posted ‘inflammatory comments on her Facebook page, only to find out that she was a ‘he’. And one who has been failing his undergrad engineering exams for 11years. Police say the accused, 31-year-old Ravi Pujar, used to post communal messages under fake IDs. Since 2012, he had allegedly been operating fake FB IDs in the name of ‘Nisha Jindal’ and Pakistani actress Miraha Pasha. ‘Nisha’ had over 10,000 followers, who are doubtless shell-shocked today.

Police took his photograph in custody and posted it on social media along with the fake ID of ‘Nisha Jindal’ with the message: ‘I am Nisha Jindal and I am in police custody’. It went viral.

CM Bhupesh Baghel applauded police on Twitter. “No fraud will be spared. Let us reveal all those elements who wish to mislead.# Good job @RaipurPoliceCG,” he tweeted.

Ravi has been a student of software engineering since 2009 but has not managed to pass yet, said Raipur SSP Arif H Sheikh. On social media, the accused posed as a member of organisations like International Monetary Fund, World Health Organisation and World Trade Organization, said the SSP.

Police got on his trail after getting complaints that someone was posting inflammatory, communal comments on Facebook. A cyber cell team was tasked with identifying and arresting the suspect. The cops tracked down his cyber footprints and zeroed in on Ravi, a resident of Raipur. He was taken by surprise when a police team arrived to arrest him on Saturday. They seized a laptop and mobile phone. He has been booked under IPC 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and section 67 of IT Act.

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