BJP IT cell secretary arrested in West Bengal for allegedly posting ‘fake’ photos on social media

Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has accused BJP leaders of posting fake photos on social media to whip up sentiments.

Written by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Updated: July 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Tarun Sengupta, the BJP IT cell in charge in Asansol, West Bengal

The Criminal Investigating Department on Wednesday arrested BJP IT cell in-charge Tarun Sengupta from Asansol for allegedly posting fake image and videos on Facebook with an intention to create communal tension. “BJP IT cell secretary of Asansol was arrested from Gitanjali Apartment, Hirapore. He had uploaded a fake video of Muslim police officer beating a Hindu man,” ADG (CID) Rajesh Kumar told The Indian Express. Sengupta has been charged under non bailable section of IPC.

The accused had posted this video on April 17 during Ram Navami celebrations. However, the CID noticed it recently and Sengupta was nabbed. The post had allegedly named two IPS officers from minority community and had claimed that they were deliberately targeting Hindus.

“Is Birbhum a part of Bangladesh or Pakistan? Nishat Parvez SP and ADSP Farhat Abbas ordered the brutal lathicharge and serious thrashing on the peaceful Hanuman Bhakts. Both these Muslim IPS officers were performing their religious duties of destroying the Kafirs and idol worshippers without even thinking of their service. Recently Mumtaz Begum’s Muslim appeasement and empowerment resulted such incident at Birbhum. Birbhum is next Bangladesh,” reads the post allegedly uploaded by Sengupta. Coincidentally, Nishat Parvez is the present DIG operations of CID.

This is the third arrest in Bengal over ‘controversial posts’ on social networking sites. Just a couple of days ago, Kolkata police had registered two cases against BJP leader Nupur Sharma for sharing an image of Gujarat riots and using the photograph to protest the recent Basirhat violence. According to police sources, they will take strict action against anyone who tries to use social networking site to create law and order problem in State.

“Is law only for BJP? He had posted something in April and now somehow CID searched it. It is all deliberate attempt to malign image of BJP”, said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.

Two more people Ahmed Hossain, resident of Kaligunj and Bhabatosh Chatterjee of Rupnagar were arrested recently. While Chatterjee was arrested for posting a video of one Bhojpuri movie and relating it to Baduria’s situation in Bengal, Hossain had allegedly uploaded videos that could hurt religious sentiments.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently said BJP uses Facebook to create communal tension. She also accused BJP of misusing social media to spread rumours leading to communal riots. Police and other state agencies have since increased their vigilance on social media. “People are using social media platform to satisfy their hidden intention. We have all rights to take action against anyone who share ‘objectionable videos’ with intention to create hatred and tension among communities and religion. We are keeping strict vigil on social media and posts being shared by people. I think people must be responsible enough by not sharing false stories and images on social media. There is nothing political in it”, an official told The Indian Express on condition of anonymity.

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