A person from West Bengal’s Dakshin Dinajpur has been charged by the Manipur Police for alleged defamatory posts on social media in opposition to the state authorities, Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Residence Minister Amit Shah.
The accused, Arijit Biswas, allegedly posted on X (previously Twitter) that Mr Shah and Mr Singh belong to a “terrorist organisation”, in line with the primary info report (FIR) filed by an Imphal resident.
The complainant alleged Mr Biswas, a resident of Balurghat, posted on X that the Manipur authorities has been “sponsoring” ethnic violence and finishing up “genocide”.
A replica of the FIR has been despatched to the Commissioner (Residence) for additional motion, individuals with direct data of the matter advised NDTV on Thursday. The costs have been filed underneath a number of sections linked to selling enmity between communities on non secular and race strains, together with a non-bailable one, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The police will ship summons to Mr Biswas to hitch investigation, individuals aware of the matter mentioned, including a workforce might be despatched to arrest him if he refuses to cooperate within the investigation.
“The accused by utilizing social media platforms as instruments propagated deceptive statements to destabilise a democratically elected authorities, disturb communal concord by creating enmity amongst communities, and defame the state authorities and one explicit neighborhood,” the complainant mentioned within the FIR, a replica of which NDTV has seen.
“The accused deliberately made this false propaganda/deceptive statements to proceed and escalate the violence in Manipur. His illegal actions are a menace not solely to the safety of the state but additionally to the nation,” the complainant mentioned.
That is the newest police case filed within the state capital Imphal over alleged defamatory content material. The Editors’ Guild of India additionally faces two FIRs over its report on the ethnic clashes, printed by a three-member, crowdfunded workforce after staying in Manipur for 4 days, which the state authorities mentioned was “false, fabricated and sponsored”.
The police in northeast states have, in some delicate instances, despatched their personnel to arrest individuals outdoors the state and convey them in. Gujarat Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested from the state’s Banaskantha district by a workforce of the Assam Police in April final 12 months over his tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was dropped at Assam to face trial. He was later launched on bail.
In Might 2021, the Arunachal Pradesh Police despatched a workforce to Punjab and arrested a YouTube influencer, and introduced him to Itanagar underneath police custody. The YouTube influencer, Paras Singh, had made racist feedback on an MLA and the individuals of Arunachal Pradesh.