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The arrest of two young girls for posting innocuous comments on Facebook – Shahien Dhada, 21, was detained by Mumbai cops for posting “People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that” on her Facebook page while her friend was arrested for ‘liking’ the comment – has shocked not just millions of Indian Facebook users but also the hundreds of terrorists operating out of various parts of India.
LeT Chief, Hafiz Saeed, has now urged his boys on missions to India to exercise extreme caution about what they post on Facebook lest the cops pick them up for questioning. Speaking to The Unreal Times from his headquarters in Muridke, the dreaded Amir said, “Just read reports of the arrest of those young girls for positing innocuous FB messages. This Information Technology Act is sooo scary, man. POTA seems so liberal and benign in comparison. I’ve now cautioned the boys out to create havoc in India to be very careful about their social networking and try to be as sweet as possible. ”
His aide, Lakhvi, echoed his sentiments. “According to the IT Act, a non-bailable arrest warrant can be issued for posting content that is false and posted to cause annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill will. In other words, anything other than effusive praise could attract imprisonment. WTF! I would rather operate out of Afghanistan now,” he wailed.
On the other hand, Maoists operating out of the jungles of Chhattisgarh, are for once grateful that their forest tracts don’t have broad-band connectivity. “Man, glad I don’t have access to Facebook. Otherwise I would surely have been picked up by now for my anti-national propaganda as opposed to blowing up schools,” exclaimed senior Naxalite leader, Budkar Hidami, heaving a sigh of relief.
Saeed says that morale is so low in the ranks that boys would rather fight American forces in lawless Afghanistan than operate out of India and grapple with its archaic, colonial era laws that muzzle free speech. “Boys are keen to shift to Afghanistan since there are no restrictions on what one can post on FB there. At worst, they can be taken out in a drone strike but the boys can live with that,” he observed glumly.
However, the LeT chief later cheered up after he was informed that the draconian laws are only used to go after soft targets – such as 21 year old girls or small-time businessman expressing inconvenient opinions about public figures or their kin – and that Saeed and his ilk need not fear the long arms of the law catching up with them in India.