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Cyber attack on teachers: Five juveniles traced, cops approach Facebook for retrieving text in Kerala | Thiruvananthapuram News

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Wednesday, during his regular news conference said police have identified most of the perpetrators behind the online abuse targeting teachers who conducted online classes and they will be strictly dealt with. However, since the launch of the probe on Tuesday, all the five phone numbers traced by the cyber police have led to juveniles aged between 16 and 17 years.
On Wednesday, police traced the admin of one of the Whatsapp groups made as a fan group of a teacher and it turned out to be a 16-year-old higher secondary student from Malappuram district. Local police were alerted to inform his parents and seize his mobile phone.
“The police case triggered a deletion spree and most of these groups and their contents are being deleted. As a result, we are yet to find objectionable contents,” said an officer, who is part of the investigation. Besides Whatsapp, numerous groups were also created in Instagram in the teacher’s name. Most of these groups were also deleted since the launch of the probe. Police have reached out to the authorities of Facebook, which owns Instagram, to reactivate these pages to check contents.
The officer added that all the boys traced so far pleaded innocence and claimed that they left the groups as soon as they realised the admin’s wicked intentions. However, police have not bought this claim entirely.
“We will be filing a report before the higherups to seek the course of action to be taken against these boys,” the officer said.
He also said efforts are still on to trace the people who left lewd comments below the video of the online class, the screenshot of which went viral on social media.
Cyber police had registered a case on Tuesday after receiving a complaint from the authorities of Kerala infrastructure and technology for education who handles online classes.

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