Ahmedabad: With more and more people approaching the Ahmedabad police’s cyber crime cell with complaints, the number of VIPs submitting first-information reports (FIRs) against fake messages, morphed photographs and letters, and threats on social media has also increased. Here’s a look at five cases of prominent citizens of the city who fell victim to cyber crime.

Bharatsinh Solanki

In the run-up to the Gujarat assembly elections that were held in the second week of December, a fake resignation letter of Congress state president Bharatsinh Solanki was widely circulated on social media. The opposition claimed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was behind the letter, and Dalsukh Patel, vice-president of the Congress’s Ahmedabad unit, lodged a complaint with the city police.

Usha Rada

Naresh Desai, the husband of Ahmedabad deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Usha Rada, alleged that his Facebook account was hacked into in June and private photos of the couple were shared. The police registered a complaint in order to trace the IP address, but there has been no progress in the case.

Kinjal Dave

Popular Gujarati singer Kinjal Dave filed a complaint with the cyber crime branch against a person who morphed a photograph of her and posted it on Facebook in August, claiming she was his wife on social media. The police arrested Niraj Makwana for the offence.

Kajal Oza Vaidya

After Gujarat writer Kajal Oza Vaidya spoke about menstruation in an interview with BBC Gujarati, she started receiving threatening messages on social media. She filed a complaint with the cyber crime cell in September.

Rajendra Trivedi

Rajendra Trivedi, a former Gujarat sports minister and member of the state legislative assembly (MLA) from Raopura in Vadodara, approached the Ahmedabad police commissioner and filed a complaint against unknown persons for creating and sharing messages about him after the BJP government announced its new cabinet in the last week of December. “People who want to disturb my career circulated the message, which is wrong… So I approached the cyber crime cell of the Ahmedabad police for an investigation, which is going on,” Trivedi said.

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