Pune: Four persons have been arrested by the cyber crime branch of city police in connection with inflammatory SMSes circulated here to allegedly foment violence against the north eastern residents.

The SMSes had allegedly incited the recent violent attacks on the north eastern students and workers that led to an exodus of the affected people to their home states, police said.

A case has been filed under section 153 (a) of IPC for creating enmity between two groups on grounds of religion and also section 66 of Information Technology Act, police said.

According to Deputy commissioner of Police (cyber cell) Sanjay Shinde, the four suspects, arrested on Tuesday, were well versed with computer technology.

Police said they were also investigating the circulation of doctored MMS about violence in Myanmar and Assam and the persons behind it.

Meanwhile, the rush of north easterners to their native states showed signs of ebbing, with confidence building measures taken up at various levels through involvement of administrative machinery and public organisations.

A number of people's representatives from the north east have been meeting the affected population here to reassure them and appealing them to stay back, which has shown a steady improvement in the situation over the last week.


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