Mobile internet services were suspended in Godhra for a period of 24 hours, after a derogatory message against Islam made rounds on the mobile social application Whatsapp on Saturday. Godhra police said that keeping in mind the sensitivity of the issue on the occasion of Ganesh visarjans in some parts of the district, the internet services were suspended as a precautionary measure.
Late on Saturday night, the Godhra B division police lodged an FIR against unidentified persons for “hurting religious sentiments” after derogatory messages against Allah and Prophet Mohammed surfaced on the mobile social application Whatsapp.
Police say the original senders of the messages hail from Chhatisgarh and Kolkata. However, a mob of 2000 angry members of the Muslim community gathered at the police station, forcing the police to lodge a complaint.
Earlier, on September 23, another FIR was registered after photographs of Ganesh visarjan were uploaded on a local website in Godhra, appearing to be morphed and hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community. Police say that while the investigations in the September 23 case is ongoing, the mobile services were suspended to control the situation from escalating.
SDPO VK Nai said, “The mobile internet services will be restored on Monday as they have been suspended for precaution. The areas of Halol and Kalol that fall under the district are witnessing Ganesh immersions on Sunday and FIR registered for derogatory messages being circulated on the mobile social application in Godhra B Divison prompted us to ensure that no issue is escalated.”
Nai said that the police had begun investigating the senders, who hail from Chhatisgarh and Kolkata. Nai said, “Even in the September 23 case of photograph of Ganesh immersions, our investigation into the local Godhra website has indicated that it is a natural photo and does not appear to be morphed. The FSL is, however, helping with the investigation.”