Police in India wrongly arrested and detained a Bangalore man for 50 days after his ISP, Airtel, fingered him for online activities he did not commit.
The man, Lakshmana Kailash K., a 26-year-old techie, was arrested at his home on August 31 and whisked away for allegedly posting insulting images of a revered historical figure. He was released three weeks after police claimed to have apprehended the real culprits for the posting.
Lakshmana's saga started after someone posted unflattering images of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who lived in the 17th Century and is credited by many as the founder of the Maratha empire in Western India. According to this post, authorities got the poster's IP address of from Google and then paid a visit to Airtel to find out who it belonged to. Airtel fingered Lakshmana.
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.