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Police to prosecute ‘Whatsapp users’ spreading rumour in city, several identified

Jamshedpur: City police are gearing up to tighten noose around rumour-mongers spreading provocative messages through various social media platforms, especially ‘Whatsapp’.

Now it will no longer be easier for the culprits to spread provocative and misleading messages through Whatsapp, said Prabhat Kumar, DIG of Kolhan range while speaking to media at the district police headquarters on Tuesday.

The DIG said the district police had been instructed to keep a close watch on the activities of various social media users and groups that spread message that threaten to disrupt communal harmony in the city. Such messages spread like wildfire through Whatsapp, he said.

“The officers in-charge of all police stations have been asked to keep a tab on the activities of suspicious Whatsapp users and their groups. They have been asked to prepare a list of group admin and their mobile numbers so that action may be taken against them in case need arises,” said the DIG.

The DIG said the police had come to know about certain group admins and their groups sending and spreading messages with the intention of causing breach of public peace. He said strict vigilance would be exercised to keep an eye on the trouble-mongers and their phones will be seized for examination. Stringent action will be taken against the culprits, said the DIG.

Asked about the state government’s recent order regarding closure of illegal slaughterhouses in the state, Kumar said that action would be taken to implement the order in the three districts of Kolhan. “A police team will be set up in every district to take action against the illegal slaughterhouses,” he said.

The DIG said that police was taking action against 400 people across the city under Section 107 of the CRPC in a bid to maintain law and order during Ramnavami. The police stations are preparing list of people with suspicious activities and a criminal past to keep peace.

“District police and paramilitary jawans will conduct flag march across the city in view of Ramnavami and Sarhul. Anti-riot vehicles will also be pressed into service. They will conduct patrolling all over the city,” said the DIG.
The DIG held a meeting with the police officials of the district and issued instructions to them regarding crime control and detection.

The meeting with DIG was attended by SSP Anoop T Mathew, SP city Prashant Anand, Rural SP, ASP Pranavanand Jha and other senior cops.

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