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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