Tripura police to investigate UAPA cases against journalists and lawyers

Agartala, November 27 (IANS): Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday asked Director General of Police (DGP) VS Yadav to review the UAPA (Prevention of Illegal Activities Act) cases against journalists and lawyers, after some community incidents were reported in the state in October of this year.

An Interior Ministry official in Tripura said the DGP, following instructions from the chief minister, had asked Puneet Rastogi, ADGP, Crime Branch, to review the cases.

“Attempts were made last month and earlier this month to disrupt the law and order situation in the state by circulating fake photos and videos of burning mosques in Tripura on social media.

“In order to control this and maintain community peace and harmony, the Tripura police have filed complaints against 102 people from various sections of UAPA and IPC. The people include journalists and lawyers, mostly from out of state, ”the official said.

Tripura police previously asked Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to provide details of more than 100 accounts from which various bogus and provocative messages were posted in connection with certain incidents reported in the state after the community violence. in Bangladesh in October.

Following the community incidents in the neighboring country, more than 50 organizations and political parties, including the All India Imam’s Council and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, had organized rallies in different parts of Tripura, condemning the attacks on minorities in Bangladesh.

After a few incidents involving minorities, authorities in the northern district of Tripura issued prohibition orders under article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the districts of Panisagar and Dharmanagar as a precautionary measure.

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