At a time when provocative messages on social media are being blamed for instigating violence over the Cauvery row, Bengaluru police have warned of stringent action against people circulating such messages, pictures and video clips.
In a message, Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said: “It has come to the notice of the police 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 affecting the law and order situation… People engaging in any such activities will be tracked and legal action will be initiated against them.”
The warning comes in the light of police findings that the violence in Bengaluru on September 12 was triggered by circulation of a video showing a Tamil youth being roughed up by pro-Kannada activists for provocative statements he allegedly made on on social media. The video led to attacks on Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu and attacks on properties in Karnataka belonging to those from Tamil Nadu. Over 150 vehicles were burnt or damaged on September 12, while two people died in police action against pro-Karnataka activists.