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Sikkim: CID held two for social media ‘misuse’

Both were arrested on Monday evening, and they have been remanded to four-day police custody

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GANGTOK: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sikkim Police has arrested two persons on charges of misusing social media by adopting a common method of using fake Facebook accounts to carry out their alleged nefarious activities.

Tenzing Loden Lepcha, the superintendent of police, CID, told reporters in Gangtok that the duo – Rajesh Rai and Prakash Gurung, both from Gnathang-Machong constituency in East Sikkim – were arrested on Monday evening, and they have been remanded to four-day police custody.

While Rai has been booked, among others, under Section 153A of the IPC for promoting enmity between two different communities, Gurung has been charged with attempt to outrage the modesty of women under Section 354 of IPC and for electronically transmitting sexually explicit material under 67A of the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Lepcha said Rai was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at the Gangtok Sadar police station on August 6 and Gurung on the basis of a complaint lodged with the CID on Monday. Rai has been accused of using a fake FB account in the name of Simran Gurung to spread communal hatred, Gurung, on the other hand, is alleged to have used a fake account in the name of Devika Chhetri to outrage the modesty of women.

“In the Simran Gurung case, there is more than one accused. There are about four to five accused. Right now we have been able to nab one of them… In Devika Chhetri’s case, there is only one person who is using it,” said the official, adding that the police were in process of identifying the other accused in the former case.