A total of 12 cases were registered and 37 persons were arrested over the past 24 hours in the state in connection with objectionable posts on social media related to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit case. At least 13 people were booked in different parts of west UP.
According to the UP DGP (Headquarters), action was taken against 3,712 social media posts which included getting the post deleted through direct message and even removal of the concerned profile.
Action against 865 of these posts were taken by DGP headquarters social media cell while in remaining ones the police in different districts took action.
“The DGP had already appealed to everyone Friday evening to use social media responsibly in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict and had also directed to take legal action against spreading misleading information, divisive posts and rumors. Police personnel at the headquarters, social media cell, and all district media cells are keeping strict vigil in close supervision of ADG and IG law and order. Action was taken against anti-social posts on all social platforms and intermediaries such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube with the policy of zero tolerance,” said DGP Headquarters while releasing the details about the action taken Saturday evening.
“It should be mentioned that most of the posts and trending hashtags were about accepting and respecting the apex court decision. Meanwhile, a total of 12 cases were registered under sections of the Information Technology Act and 37 were arrested in these cases. A total of 3,712 social media posts were removed either by reporting it or direct messages and some cases the whole profile was deleted. Highest number of such posts (2,426) were made on Twitter, followed by 865 on Facebook and 69 videos on YouTube,” informed the DGP office, adding that keeping a watch on social media posts and action will continue in the coming days.
In Aligarh, four students were booked under IPC section 153 A for allegedly making derogatory comments on the court’s decision. Internet services were also suspended in Aligarh for 24 hours, beginning 12 am on Saturday, officials said.
“This will be reviewed after that and could be extended by another 24 hours. Schools and colleges across the district have already been told to remain closed till Monday,” District Magistrate (Aligarh) Chandra Bhushan Singh said.
Singh said besides the district police, one company of Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed in Aligarh. In Meerut, seven people were arrested from different parts of the city for violating preventive measures set in place by the police.
According to police, six people were arrested from Nauchandi and Sohrabgate Bus Stand areas of Meerut for allegedly bursting crackers and violating CrPC Section 144 imposed in the area. A 32-two-year old was arrested for posting inflammatory content on Facebook around 9 am Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) established in the UP police 112 headquarter. According to the statement issued, EOC was established recently at the 112 headquarter keeping in mind the need to maintain social harmony and peace in the wake of the court decision on the Ayodhya case, and upcoming law and order challenges. “During the Chief Minister’s visit, DGP Om Prakash Singh informed him about the working of the EOC in detail. EOC is an integrated command centre in which all the modes of information like calls received on 112, electronic media, social media, control room, radio wireless and digital news portals are used to make an operational plan and work accordingly in case of a law and order emergency. The police response vehicles (PRV), quick response teams and locals police are being directed to reach a said spot as required,” a statement from DGP office said.
ADG, DIAL 112 headquarters, Asim Arun, said the main aim of the EOC was to have a system for coordination between different agencies in case of bigger operations and that the EOC of 112 is capable of tackling with any kind of emergency. — With PTI
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