VHP’s International Working President Praveen Togadia and activist Rushi Vekaria were working as the administrators of the Facebook page.
According to police, Togadia received an email alert from the social networking site on February 18 stating that he had been removed as administrator and the VHP Facebook page was being operated from some other device and location. He lodged a complaint on February 21.
“Vekaria had never used the page from any unusual device or location. The email he received from Facebook also gave an IP address, from which the page was hacked. He alerted Togadia, who then approached us,” a senior Economic Offences Wing (EOW) official told Newsline.
Speaking to Newsline from his home in Ahemdabad, co-administrator Vekaria said the hackers had posted “highly defamatory, abusive and malicious” content on the page.
“They made abusive remarks against gods and goddesses and posted anti-Hindu comments. Moreover, they posted political material against our ideology,” Vekaria said.
In his complaint, Togadia said the posts may “mislead and create distrust” among public at large and could prove threatening for the lives of many in the organisation.
“The posts being put on the page by the hacker were not only defamatory but dangerous as they could put the lives of the people in the organisation at risk. They look overtly political and I request you to go deeper into the larger political conspiracy into hacking VHP page to post selective messages,” the FIR reads.
Vekaria, however, is uncertain about who hacked the page.
“Facebook is a huge platform. VHP is a big organisation that has a large following in India and abroad. Its members are growing rapidly and it is difficult to tell who could
have done such a thing. They have posted anti-Hindu material and political material. So, it can be the handiwork of one of our political opponents or other anti-Hindu religious groups,” Vekaria said.
A case has been registered under the IT Act with the EOW of Crime Branch.