In two separate cases, the Ludhiana Commissionerate Police on Saturday, arrested two persons for browsing, viewing and sharing objectionable content related to children on social media platforms.

Those arrested have been identified as Ranjit Tiwari (23), a resident of Gurpal Nagar, Ludhiana and Vikram Singh (20), a resident of Bhagwan Nagar, Ludhiana.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Ludhiana Rakesh Agrawal said that following reports from CyberTipline, the Cyber Cell of Ludhiana Police arrested Matric-passed Ranjit Tewari, who was found sharing Child Pornographic content on his Instagram ID. Earlier an FIR was registered under section 67B of the Information Technology (IT) Act at Police Station Division-6 Ludhiana, he added.

The Police Commissioner said that, in another case, Vikram Singh, who is 11th passed and pursuing Diploma, was running an Instagram ID  and used to share objectionable content related to children on his profile.

CyberTipline— a nation's centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children, being run under the supervision of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, regularly monitors various social media platforms and internet websites to keep check on online enticement and objectionable content related to children.

CP Rakesh Agrawal said that the Ludhiana Police in association with central agencies have been keeping vigil on such activities and strict action will be taken against the culprits.

While exhorting public to refrain from sharing any kind of child pornography or pornographic videos of any kind, knowingly or unknowingly, on any social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp etc, Police Commissioner said that it is a serious crime under section 67B of the IT act, which entails imprisonment upto 5 years and a fine of upto Rs 10 Lakh. "Even sharing a video having pornography content can land you in jail," he added.

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CP Rakesh Agrawal also urged citizens of Ludhiana to immediately bring to the notice of Police Authorities in case they find any objectionable content circulating online. They can inform cyber cell of Ludhiana police on Cyber.ldh.police@punjab.gov.in

Meanwhile, ADCP Investigation Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, ACP Cyber Crime Vaibhav Sehgal and ACP Kulwant Singh are monitoring social media profiles of suspects to gather more information about such criminals.

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