Cauvery dispute: Bengaluru police warns netizens not to post provocative elements on social media

Bengaluru police commissioner N S Megharikh has in a message to the public warned that people spreading provocative messages on social media would be tracked down and acted against as per law.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: September 16, 2016 8:41 pm
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In the light of provocative messages on social media being blamed for instigating some of the recent violence over the Cauvery river water sharing issue in Karnataka, police in Bengaluru have warned of stringent action against people spreading provocative messages, pictures and video clips on social media.

The warning comes in the light of police findings that the trigger for violence over the Cauvery issue in Bengaluru on September 12 was the circulation of a video on social media and eventually on television channels of a Tamil youth being roughed up by Kannada activists for some provocative statements the youth made against activists on social media.

The video resulted in attacks on Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu and reciprocal attacks on Tamil Nadu businesses and vehicles in Karnataka. Over 150 vehicles were burnt and damaged on September 12 in Karnataka while two people died in police action against pro Karnataka activists indulging in violence.

 

Bengaluru police commissioner N S Megharikh has in a message to the public warned that people spreading provocative messages on social media would be tracked down and acted against as per law. “It has come to the notice of the police department that some mischief mongers are circulating provocative messages, pictures, and video clips through social media like Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, and SMS pertaining to the Cauvery River water issue. Such provocative messages are effecting the law and order situation. The police has taken serious note of this issue,” the commissioner has stated.

“Persons engaging in any such activities will be tracked and legal action will be initiated against them. General public are requested to co-operate with the police in maintaining the law and order by abstaining from such activities and by giving the police information about the people engaged in such mischievous activities,” he stated.

The police commissioner had while invoking prohibitory orders in Bengaluru city on September 12 in the wake of violent protests had stated that social media and electronic media fueled the protests to its violent extent.