Terror cases over social media posts on Tripura violence

daTE: 08 NOVEMBER 2021

The Tripura Police has booked 102 people under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for protesting, or even merely mentioning, the recent communal violence in the state’s northern districts on different social media platforms. This latest move reflects the trend of Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states attempting to criminalise protests.

According to sources in the Tripura Police, cases have been filed against 68 account holders on Twitter, 32 on Facebook, and two on Youtube. The cases, first filed by the West Agartala police station, have now been transferred to the state’s crime branch. These cases come after the state police first booked two Delhi-based lawyers – Ansar Indori and Mukesh – under UAPA charges for participating in an independent fact-finding enquiry into the communal violence in which properties owned by Muslims and mosques were specifically attacked allegedly by far-right Hindutva groups.

In a letter dated November 3, 2021, the West Agartala police station had initially written to Twitter requesting the social media platform to block at least 68 accounts and provide personal information about them, while divulging that a case under section 13 of the UAPA has been filed against the said accounts holders.

“The posts have potential to flare up communal tension in Tripura State between different religious communities, which may result into communal riots,” the state police’s notice to Twitter said, while alleging that the account holders posted “distorted and objectionable news items/statements regarding the recent clash and alleged attack upon mosques of Muslim communities in the state”.

While it is unclear as of now which 32 accounts on Facebook and two Youtube accounts have been targeted by the police, a number of Twitter accounts among the 68 in question merely condemns the communal violence. Among the 68, many of them are journalists who reported on the violence from their Twitter accounts. Conspicuously, a majority of these appear to be held by Muslims, while only a few are from other communities.

Among the prominent Twitter accounts which have been been named in the case are those held by the Indian American Muslim Council, National Institute of Technology, Jaipur professor Salim Engineer, C.J. Werleman who is the global correspondent of British newspaper Byline Times, Zafarul Islam Khan, former chairman of Delhi Minority Commission, Punjab Pradesh Congress Minority Department, student activist Sharjeel Usmani, and Indian journalists Shyam Meera Singh, Jehangir Ali and Sartaj Alam among others.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/communalism/tripura-police-uapa-social-media-posts 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/8/india-tripura-102-social-media-accounts-uapa 

https://www.newsclick.in/SC-Relief-Twitter-User-Facing-Allegations-Tripura-Police 

 

Monk calls Islam a ‘violent religion’ at Raipur religious conclave

Date: 12 January 2022

Hate speeches targeting Muslims and Christians were made in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, under the watch of the Bhupesh Baghel-led Congress government. 

A saffron-clad monk, Triveni Das, launched a no-holds-barred attack on Islam in his speech, calling it a violent religion. “Dharti par katle-aam macha rache hai,” he alleged. “Muslims have unleashed mass murders in the world.” Muslims account for barely 2% of Chhattisgarh’s population.

The event was also attended by Congress leader Pramod Dubey.

 

Sources:

https://scroll.in/article/1014838/shoot-them-in-congress-ruled-chhattisgarh-hate-speech-against-minority-groups-goes-unchecked 


 

Fake poster claims Akhilesh Yadav said SP will build 2000 mosques in UP

Date: 14 january 2022

 

A poster claimed to have been made by the Samajwadi Party (SP) is widely shared on social media. The poster attributes the following quote to SP president Akhilesh Yadav — “In western UP and Purvanchal, 2000 new mosques will be built. In Ayodhya, 1000 crore rupees will be given for Babri Masjid. Ayodhya’s name will be changed. Reservation for Dalits and other backwards classes will be reduced while for Muslims it will be increased to 30%. Love Jihad law will be repealed. This is a promise to Muslims.” The poster is viral ahead of upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.

The quote attributed to Yadav is so controversial that if he had indeed made such comments it would be breaking news. But no news channel has reported on the alleged statement.

Abdul Hafiz Gandhi, National Spokesperson of Samajwadi Party, told Alt News, “The graphic is completely fabricated. It is neither made by our team nor Akhilesh Yadav has ever said this. It is a coordinated attempt to mislead a specific section of voters. Furthermore, the party is yet to disclose our manifesto.”

A morphed poster attributed a false quote to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. It claimed that he said his party will build mosques and allocate money for the construction of Babri Masjid. 

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/fake-poster-claims-akhilesh-yadav-said-sp-will-build-2000-mosques-in-up/ 

https://www.deccanherald.com/election/uttar-pradesh/fact-check-did-akhilesh-yadav-promise-to-build-2000-mosques-in-up-1071684.html 

 

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