Over 100 People Arrested For Allegedly Making Provocative Social Media Posts

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New Delhi: At least 100 people including 77 in Uttar Pradesh alone were arrested for allegedly making provocative social media posts since the Supreme Court verdict on the disputed site at Ayodhya, officials said on Sunday.

Considering the sensitivity of the verdict, additional police forces will continue to be deployed in many cities of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand as the authorities extended suspension of internet services in parts of UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh till Monday and beyond.

Additional forces were deployed in many towns in the Hindi heartland, including UP since Diwali on October 27. The deployment was increased in the wake of Saturday’s judgment.

Uttar Pradesh police said 77 people were arrested under 34 cases of making provocative social media posts or attempting to breach peace across 75 districts in the state.

“Action was taken against 8,275 social media posts on various platforms in the past 48 hours,” said Inspector General (IG) of Police (Law and Order) Praveen Kumar. He said the action included registration of cases, removal of content by users themselves and getting the profile of users blocked.

Of the total FIRs, 22 were lodged on Sunday and 12 on Saturday. Kumar said the districts where multiple cases were registered included Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Kannauj, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bijnore, Ferozabad, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Bareilly, Unnao, Barabanki and Prayagraj.

In Rajasthan, 12 people were arrested for posting objectionable matter or trying to disturb peace following the SC verdict on Ayodhya since Saturday afternoon, police said.

According to the police, two persons were arrested in Bikaner, while one person each was arrested in Jhalawar, Churu, Jaipur and Bundi districts for posting objectionable matter. Besides, three people in Bikaner, two in Hanumangarh and one each in Kota rural and Tonk district were arrested for distorting peace and unlawful assembly, police said.

In Madhya Pradesh, eight people were arrested for making provocative posts on the verdict and Gwalior jail warden Mahesh Awad was suspended for bursting crackers after the verdict came, officials said. Of these, eight arrests were made in Seoni district and two in Gwalior, police said.

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