One person has been arrested from Nadia district of West Bengal for allegedly opening a fake account in the name of Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on social media and posting objectionable comments, police said on Sunday.
Tarun Kumar Ghosh, 40, a resident of Buichara Para in Nabadwip was arrested on Saturday night from his residence for creating a fake profile of Hakim and spreading false information, a senior police officer said.
When produced at a city court on Sunday, Ghosh was sent to police custody till June 22, he added.
Earlier, a 17-year-old boy has been apprehended here for allegedly creating fake Facebook profiles of political leaders and bureaucrats and using those to extract money and gifts from people, police had said. The minor boy, who has studied up to Class 10, was apprehended on Thursday in connection with an investigation into a complaint filed by former vice-chairman of Sambalpur Municipality Sidharth Shah, they said.
The matter came to light after Shah lodged police complaint, alleging that some unknown persons had opened a fake Facebook account in his name by using his photographs.
The complainant further said that by using his name, the unknown person had sent friend requests to many people of Sambalpur, and collected money and other gift items from them. A team was formed and the minor was apprehended after an investigation, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sambalpur Sanjeev Arora said.
Arora said the minor admitted that he had created hundreds of fake Facebook accounts in the name of different persons, including state Health Minister N K Das, MLA Narasingha Mishra, Shah and the Sambalpur collector.
He also confessed to collecting money and gifts from different people, who were on the friend lists of these personalities, the SP said.