For comments about an old man's assault, Ghaziabad Police have filed a FIR against Twitter, journalists, and Congress officials
Twitter, Congress politicians, and journalists Mohammed Zubair and Rana Ayyub have been arrested by Ghaziabad Police in connection with the assault on an old man in the district.
They have been charged under IPC sections 153 (rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between different communities), 295A (acts intended to offend religious sentiments), 505 (mischief), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention).Apart from Zubair and Ayyub, the FIR names Salman Nizami, Shama Mohamed, and Maskoor Usmani of the Congress, writer Saba Naqvi, The Wire, Twitter Inc., and Twitter Communications India Pvt. Ltd. Three persons have been arrested so far for allegedly attacking Abdul Samad Saifi, an elderly man. While Saifi claims the men offered him an auto ride, brought him to a remote location, and beat him up while forcing him to chant Jai Shri Ram, police claim the guys beat him up because he sold them a "tabeez (amulet)" that they claimed was defective.“The accused's tweets had been disseminated on a big scale,” according to the FIR filed against Twitter, the journalists, and Congress lawmakers on Tuesday night. The accused's posts on social media seem to point to a criminal plot. The defendants and others attempted to foment enmity between Hindus and Muslims. The tweets were an attempt to destabilise the community. Thousands of people had retweeted these fake messages. Journalists and politicians are among those accused of failing to investigate the issue and spreading misleading information.It is assumed that the accused, who have a position of power in society, will endeavour to establish the truth and keep their information to themselves. They have a social responsibility. The tweets in this case were not vetted, giving the incident a communal tone despite the fact that it was false,” the FIR claims.