Clean chit for Sangeet Som in inflammatory video case

Police, however, found that the video had originally been posted on social media two years earlier, and possibly not filmed in India.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: April 15, 2017 11:47 am
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THE SPECIAL Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 has filed a closure report in a case where BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som was accused of allegedly sharing a video on Facebook, which triggered communal violence in the district and adjoining areas that claimed 62 lives.

“The closure report was filed earlier this week because Facebook’s headquarters in California could not provide the complete details, which could have helped in collecting evidence in the case. The closure report has been filed on the ground that no evidence could be found,” said Inspector Dharampal Tyagi, the investigating officer in the case.

Tyagi said the report was filed in a local court, which is yet to take cognisance.

UP Police sources said the SIT had been waiting for details from Facebook to substantiate allegations that the video circulated on social networking sites of two youths being assaulted had originated from the account of Som, MLA from Sardhana in Meerut.

The video was circulated two days after the killing of two youths — Sachin and Gaurav — allegedly in retaliation for the murder of Shahnawaz, a resident of Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar, on August 27, 2013. The video had this lines running across the clip: “Bhai Sahab Dekho Kya Hua Kawal Mein”.

Police, however, found that the video had originally been posted on social media two years earlier, and possibly not filmed in India.

Primary investigation found that the video was uploaded on YouTube by another accused, Shivam Kumar, and circulated widely allegedly after it was shared on Som’s Facebook account.

On August 29, 2013, an FIR was lodged at the City Kotwali police station against Som, Kumar and 229 unidentified persons under IPC sections 420 (forgery), 153-A (promoting enmity on religious grounds), 120-B (conspiracy) and section 66 of the Information Technology Act.

During investigation, police found that Kumar and Som had removed all details, including Friends lists, from their Facebook accounts. The 229 persons, who had “liked” the video, were also found to have removed their personal details from their accounts.

It was then that investigators sought information about the accounts of Shivam and Som from Facebook’s headquarters at Menlo Park in California through the CBI, the nodal agency. Sources said the investigators received “some information” from Facebook, but needed more details to proceed in the case. “We were regularly sending letters seeking coordination but all efforts went in vain,” said sources.

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    truthsayer
    Apr 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    Hindu thugs are no thugs in hindu raj. Most Hindus are pretty comfortable with it as s think their scchitt does not stink.
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      Bhuvi
      Apr 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm
      Welcome to the Banana Republic of India.
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        Tom
        Apr 15, 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Clean chit is easy and available... all depends which way the benefits go. Itni chu#$# yapa aaj tk kabhi dekhne nahi mili!
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          Tushar
          Apr 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm
          What these goons believe is mani ting law n order against minority will end up in Exodus of that community from India ... They are fools such thing would never happen since there are 25 CR other communities are living in India ... What is going to happen is country would start declining economically , in tolerance ,in law n order and decline in progress and development are expected .. 98 of the minority who are patriotic would start feeling insecure and they will expect a riot any time and will be asked to go out ... In such a situation they won't work hard and sincerely that would effect countries economy so badly .... Few of them would start anti India activities too ... Minorities doesn't expect any apea t but they want to be felt secured ... When such a verdict in favor of proven criminal is provided ..The trust over law n order is shattered and the feel of insecurity shoots u
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            Tushar
            Apr 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm
            shoots u p
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            rick patel
            Apr 15, 2017 at 11:41 am
            Welcome to stan2 once upon a time this great country was called India.Religous violence and the hatred in the community against each other,Roadside dadagiri by criminals pretending to be Gau rakshaks etc.Politicians and Police supporting the wrong people.. Its all over for India, Beginning of the end.Very soon we will be stan2.
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              rick patel
              Apr 15, 2017 at 11:40 am
              Welcome to stan2 once upon a time this great country was called India.Religous violence and the hatred in the community against each other,Roadside dadagiri by criminals pretending to be Gau rakshaks etc.Politicians and Police supporting the wrong people.. Its all over for India, Beginning of the end.Very soon we will be stan2.
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                SubbuI
                Apr 15, 2017 at 11:30 am
                "CLEAN CHIT " HAD BECOME GOSPEL PHRASE FOR ALL BJP CRIMINALAS . FROM NALAYAK NMODI. GUNDA SHAH AND TO SO MANY OTHERS NOW THIS GOON SOM GREAT-JIO INDIA , JIO MODI
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                  pravin
                  Apr 15, 2017 at 11:19 am
                  sangeet som is director and owner of so many beef companies - m mriti ki jai ho - if u r sanghhi then u can commit any crime and clean chit are ready before u r born
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                    Tushar
                    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:29 am
                    Expected verdict since yogi is CM... These authorities are really ignorant to believe that people are fools and believe the lack of evidence very soon ..and that too from FB ... Even a kido knows FB can provide all proves since they have all the technical abilities to track the user down as a part of their privacy policy lol
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                      rakesh
                      Apr 15, 2017 at 9:38 am
                      "The closure report was filed earlier this week because Facebook’s headquarters in California could not provide the complete details," LOL ! what confirmation did you need from Facebook ? All you had to establish was did Som share or upload the video that was filmed in stan by stanis ! This is the state of our criminal justice system .
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                        rakesh
                        Apr 15, 2017 at 9:31 am
                        LOL! There is no such thing as clean-chit in Legal terminology . it is a silly phrase used by indian journalists to misinform an already gullible , ill-informed and semi-literate citizens of India
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                          rakesh
                          Apr 15, 2017 at 9:29 am
                          LOL! There is no such thing as clean-chit in Legal terminology . it is a silly phrase used by indian journalists to misinform an already gullible , ill-informed and semi-literate po tion .
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                            Ghulam Muhammed
                            Apr 15, 2017 at 9:18 am
                            Express headline misleading. Overall no clean chit to Som. This is like placing SIT under public scrutiny. Lack of proof in this case can always be augumented. This carnage is nothing that can be called insignificant and brushed asight. All leads should be pursued, both by State as well as social and Human Rights organisation. That will be a service to nation and its people.
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                              IslamForFoools
                              Apr 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
                              He was only defending Hindus against Islamic terrorism, he is innocent 100 percent. Only jihadists and traitor Hindus will consider him culprit, jai Shri ram har har mahadev
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                                rajan
                                Apr 15, 2017 at 6:28 am
                                Nothing unusual. Such brushing under the carpet is on the expected lines. Its unfortunate that despite the gravest threat to the integrity of the country under the current Union Government's discriminatory policies against the Muslims& dalits, it is winning elections. Have Hindus become suddenly communal under this government? Doubtful. How then is BJP ascendant? Opposition parties must join hands leaving their leaders' egos aside to check this menace. Killers of Mahatma are on the rampage again
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                                  IslamForFoools
                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 9:17 am
                                  Jihadi terrorist spotted here
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                                  sahil
                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 4:49 am
                                  Jhandelwalan should give him bharat Ratna for his efficient organisation of the Muzaffarnagar pogrom & to the election of fuhrer in 2014
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