Tripura violence: Police asks to suspend 102 Twitter, FB accounts for communal posts

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Government accused the accounts of “posting distorted and objectionable news items” regarding the alleged Mosque vandalism in the state.
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Tripura violence: Police asks to suspend 102 Twitter, FB accounts for communal posts

Abhijit Nath

Agartala: Tripura police had initiated steps to suspend102 social media accounts for spreading “distorted” contents on the recent communal clashes in the state.

Government accused the accounts of “posting distorted and objectionable news items” regarding the alleged Mosque vandalism in the state.

Speaking with TIME8, Tripura Police PRO Jyostishman Choudhury said “On November 03 last, West Tripura district police had sent a letter to the Twitter grievance officer mentioning the link of all 68 Twitter handles to be blocked”.

He said “A case numbered 2021WAG181 under section 153A, 153B, 469, 471, 503, 504 and 120B of Indian Penal Code and section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act had been filed with West Agartala Police station on November 03 last”.

The letter addressed to Twitter’s grievance officer in California, United States, includes the links to 68 profiles and asks for “blocking them” along with “providing information about the admin/user of the Twitter pages.”

In the letter it is informed that some persons or organization are publishing or posting distorted and objectionable news items or statements in Twitter regarding the recent clash and alleged attack upon mosques of Muslim communities in Tripura. All these are fabricated statements for promoting enmity between religious groups in presence of a criminal conspiracy. The posts have potential to flare up communal tension in Tripura which may results into communal riots.

“Tripura police had urgently sought five details on the users in Twitter for the interest of the case”, he added.

Choudhury also informed the correspondent that the Tripura Police had also served notice to 34 persons using Facebook as medium to spread communal tension among the people of different religions across the state.

Muslims residing in Bangladesh-bordering Tripura alleged that they were attacked following communal clashes in Bangladesh, where violence during Durga Puja led to seven deaths.

After the demolition of Durga idols and mandapas in Bangladesh, tension flared in Tripura and protests against the incessant attacks on Hindus rose. The incident has been presented to the world using social media.

Tripura police have launched an investigation and compiled a list of those Twitter users because most of the hateful messages have been spread from Twitter.

Moreover, A detailed report on the communal unrest has been sought by the Tripura High Court.

Read More : 8 arrested for inciting hatred among communities in Tripura

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