Mangaluru: A complaint was on Monday evening submitted to the Mangaluru Police Commissioner against a fake website operating in a name similar to that of Vartha Bharati, posting communally sensitive and triggering posts.
The fake website is being run under the name of Varthabarthi.com in a deliberate attempt to use the goodwill, credibility and popularity of the leading Kannada news website Varthabharati.in managed and run by Vartha Bharati Media Group.
The fake website is also publishing content and fake news that can potentially create a communal stir and trigger unrest in society.
Among the top news that features on the fake website is a news article quoting former Pakistani Cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq that former Indian Cricketer Harbhajan Singh has converted to Islam. The news is baseless and fake.
The miscreants who have created the website have also misled people into joining their WhatsApp groups. The WhatsApp group’s name is VarthaBarthi.com. The link to joining the WhatsApp group is also published on their website. +919449410497 is displayed as the number of the group’s admin.
It is an intimidating ploy and is clearly a part of a conspiracy to trigger unease in society by spreading fake and communally inciting news using the name of Vartha Bharati.
As an immediate measure, Vartha Bharati submitted a complaint to the Mangaluru Police Commissioner on Monday evening demanding legal action against the creators of the fake website and WhatsApp group. In the complaint, Vartha Bharati has also urged the police commissioner to initiate measures to take down the fake website and its WhatsApp groups immediately.
In addition, Vartha Bharati has also filed a complaint through email to the website domain regulator.
(Source: Vartha Bharati)