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NEW DELHI, Aug 21 � After blocking some of the offensive web sites, India has approached the United States and Saudi Arabia to track down the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the webpages that allowed provocative posts leading to social unrest in the country.

In a day of hectic development, Union Home Secretary, R K Singh on Tuesday called Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and briefed him about the details collected by the Indian cyber experts about bulk of the morphed images being sourced to Pakistan. The data gathered by technical experts is Letters Rogatory (LR) is acceptable in a court of law as legal evidence and these will be shared with Pakistan.

Highly placed sources said that as part of the initiative to track down the web sites, New Delhi has sought Technical details and IP addresses from the two countries by sending LR as computer servers of Google, Facebook and Twitter are located in US.

It was also discovered that several inflammatory posts were uploaded in some of the web sites in Saudi Arabia.

However, Indian agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to block at least 28 webpages due to non-cooperation of social networking sites like Twitter.

Continuing with its crackdown, the Centre on Tuesday ordered blocking of 65 new web sites taking the number to 310.

At least two Pakistani political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf besides a private TV channel of that country have surfaced in some of the images and videos, which were uploaded in different webpages with the aim of inciting Muslims in India leading to the mass exodus of people of the North Eastern region from places Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Technical details of these images and videos are being gathered to find out whether the two parties and the media organisation or some of their members were really involved in it or not, the officials said.

India had yesterday said that it would share with Pakistan evidence on involvement of elements there to whip up communal sentiments in this country.

Pakistan, on its part, rejected as �baseless and unfounded� India�s assertion on the involvement of elements there in posting morphed images on the internet in a bid to fan communal tensions and asked New Delhi to provide evidence in this regard.

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India seeks US help to track IP addresses

NEW DELHI, Aug 21 � After blocking some of the offensive web sites, India has approached the United States and Saudi Arabia to track down the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the webpages that allowed provocative posts leading to social unrest in the country.

In a day of hectic development, Union Home Secretary, R K Singh on Tuesday called Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and briefed him about the details collected by the Indian cyber experts about bulk of the morphed images being sourced to Pakistan. The data gathered by technical experts is Letters Rogatory (LR) is acceptable in a court of law as legal evidence and these will be shared with Pakistan.

Highly placed sources said that as part of the initiative to track down the web sites, New Delhi has sought Technical details and IP addresses from the two countries by sending LR as computer servers of Google, Facebook and Twitter are located in US.

It was also discovered that several inflammatory posts were uploaded in some of the web sites in Saudi Arabia.

However, Indian agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to block at least 28 webpages due to non-cooperation of social networking sites like Twitter.

Continuing with its crackdown, the Centre on Tuesday ordered blocking of 65 new web sites taking the number to 310.

At least two Pakistani political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf besides a private TV channel of that country have surfaced in some of the images and videos, which were uploaded in different webpages with the aim of inciting Muslims in India leading to the mass exodus of people of the North Eastern region from places Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Technical details of these images and videos are being gathered to find out whether the two parties and the media organisation or some of their members were really involved in it or not, the officials said.

India had yesterday said that it would share with Pakistan evidence on involvement of elements there to whip up communal sentiments in this country.

Pakistan, on its part, rejected as �baseless and unfounded� India�s assertion on the involvement of elements there in posting morphed images on the internet in a bid to fan communal tensions and asked New Delhi to provide evidence in this regard.

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