Guwahati / Rangiya / Hailakandi: At least 15 people, including an Assam police officer, a senior Jamiat leader and a journalist, have been arrested across Assam over social media posts that allegedly support Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban, police said on Saturday.
The arrests have been made since Friday evening and have been registered under different sections of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Law, the Computer Law and the CrPC. Special Police Director General GP Singh tweeted that Assam Police arrested people for social media posts about Taliban activities that drew provisions of the country’s law. Singh also advised people to watch out for inflammatory social media posts, including retweeting or liking them, as their actions could result in criminal prosecution. Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah also urged people to help law enforcement agencies keep tabs on these social media posts. Baruah tweeted, we are recording criminal charges against such people. Please inform the police if such a thing is reported to you.
@assampolice arrested 14 people for social media posts about Taliban activities that drew provisions of the country’s law. People are advised to pay attention to posts / likes etc. on social media platforms in order to avoid any criminal action @CMOfficeAssam @DGPAssamPolice @HMOIndia pic.twitter.com/iQaKTXP74x
– GP Singh (@gpsinghips) August 21, 2021
Those arrested include two people each from Barpeta and Dhubri, and one from Darrang, South Salmara, Goalpara and Hojai districts, police said.
Two people were also arrested in Kamrup (rural) district, one of them being a police officer of the State Police.
An Assam police jawan and a teacher have been arrested for supporting the Taliban through social media. We are questioning them and more people may soon fall in our net, said Kamrup (rural) police superintendent Hitesh Chandra Roy.
Among the three Maulanas arrested is Maulana Fazlul Karim, who is Secretary of State Unity of Jamiat-e-Ulema and also General Secretary of the opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
An AIUDF spokesperson told PTI that Karim was suspended from the party until an investigation was completed. Those arrested also include four of the three districts of the Barak Valley. While two people were arrested in Karimganj, one was each arrested in Hailakandi and Cachar districts, police officials added. The person arrested in Hailakandi is an MBBS student at Tezpur Medical College in Sonitpur district, a senior police officer said. DIG Baruah told PTI that another person was arrested in Baksa district on Saturday on similar charges for posting material on social media supporting the Taliban. We have such a case in Baksa so far. One person, who claims to be a journalist and also a teacher in the Gobardhana area of the district, was arrested, she added.
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