The Ghaziabad Police has registered a case in opposition to a Samajwadi Party employee right here over a “communal video” of an aged Muslim man alleging assault by some younger males, with the FIR additionally mentioning that Facebook let the “misleading” clip flow into with out making efforts to confirm it.
The FIR, nevertheless, doesn’t point out Facebook as an accused within the case through which opposition Samajwadi Party’s employee Ummaid Pehelwan Idrisi has been charged with selling enmity and breach of peace by circulating the video on social media and giving it a “communal colour”.
An SP office-bearer confirmed that Mr Idrisi was a member of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) board through the SP authorities, and remains to be a celebration employee.
The case was lodged on the Loni Border police station Wednesday night, a day after Ghaziabad police booked Twitter, a information web site, some journalists and Congress politicians in a separate FIR over circulation of the video.
Filed on the criticism of an area policeman, the FIR states that Mr Idrisi “unnecessarily” made the video — through which Abdul Shamad Saifi narrates his ordeal — to “create social disharmony” and shared it on his Facebook account.
“He shared on his social media account the video which had religious context to it without verifying the truth of the matter. It gave the incident a communal colour and was an attempt at disrupting social harmony,” acknowledged the FIR, which has been seen by PTI.
The FIR has been lodged underneath sections 153A (selling enmity between teams on floor of faith, class and many others), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, meant to outrage spiritual emotions of any class by insulting its faith or spiritual perception), 504 (intentional insult with intent to impress breach of the peace) and 505 (public mischief).
Mr Idrisi has additionally been booked underneath provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act, based on the FIR.
The FIR, lodged solely in opposition to Mr Idrisi, mentions that social media big Facebook “also did not make any efforts to fact-check this entire episode and let the misleading video circulate”.
Five accused — Kalloo Gurjar, Parvesh Gurjar, Adil, Intezaar and Saddam alias Bauna — have been arrested to date in reference to the assault on Saifi, Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad Rural) Iraj Raja stated on Wednesday.
The Ghaziabad police maintained that the incident occurred as a result of the accused had been sad over the ”tabeez” (amulets) offered to them by Mr Saifi. The police additionally dominated out any communal angle within the episode.
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