New Delhi, July 12: Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT-Cell, Tarun Sengupta has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday for allegedly posting fake photographs and videos on social media reportedly in a bid to create communal tensions. Sengupta allegedly posted a fake video of a cop belonging to a certain community thrashing a man belonging to another community. According to a report, he has been booked by the CID under non-bailable section the Indian Penal Code.Also Read - New COVID-19 Variant 'Serious Threat', Bad Vaccination Figures Cannot Be Hidden: Rahul Gandhi
Tarun Sengupta was arrested from Asansol for posting the fake video and photographs which claimed that the Muslim cop victimised the Hindu man. The Indian Express quoted ADG (CID), Rajesh Kumar who said that Sengupta was arrested from Gitanjali Apartment, Hirapore as he had uploaded the fake video of a Muslim police officer beating a Hindu Man. Also Read - KMC Polls 2021: TMC Releases Candidate List For KMC Elections, Drops 39 Sitting Councillors
Sengupta reportedly posted the video on April 17 this year and said that the police ordered a lathicharge upon Hanuman worshippers. He also named two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from the Muslim community and said that they were indeed performing their religious duties of destroying the idol worshippers. He went ahead and said that Birbhum is the next Bangladesh and claimed that the Muslim IPS officers were deliberately targeting Hindus in the area. Also Read - Kolkata Municipal Corporation Polls Schedule Released. Check Dates Here
The post by Sengupta also claims that the appeasement of Muslim by Mumtaz Begum and their empowerment resulted in the incident. While it was posted almost three months back, it came to the notice of the CID only recently and hence led to the arrest of Sengupta.
It was only recently that the Kolkata police registered two cases against another BJP leader Nupur Sharma for using a file image of Gujarat riots in the context of the recent violence in West Bengal’s Basirhat.
Apart from Sharma, two others were arrested in two separate incidents of sharing similar posts that could be considered objectionable. Ahmed Hossain and Bhabatosh Chatterjee were arrested for posting on social media as well. While Hossain reportedly shared a video which could hurt religious sentiments, Chatterjee was arrested for posting a video that relates a Bhojpuri movie and relating it to the situation of Bhaduria.
In these times when such posts are capable of creating tensions of unprecedented magnitude, the West Bengal government have notched the filter tighter. The Kolkata police claiming that they will take strict action against anyone and anybody who tries to use social networking site to create law and order problem and tensions in State.
The violence in Basirhat also was sparked due to a post on social media by a 17-year old which a community found offensive, leading to series of destruction of property and harmed livelihood in 24 North Paragana district of West Bengal.