Gandhinagar: In a strict move against mob lynching incidents, the Gujarat government on Saturday announced that any such incident would be considered a “serious offence” and would come under Section 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code, entailing a jail term of three years, says a report in The Indian Express.

All district Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) in the state would now be appointed as nodal officers in such cases in their respective area “and it would be their responsibility to control incidents of this nature”, said a government’s release.

It further added that the IPC Section 153(A) would also cover spread of fake news on social media or any other channel/medium, provocative speeches, provocative or objectionable literature/writings that could hurt sentiments.

“The Supreme Court, in its benchmark orders in the different cases of mob lynching, has cleared that no one has a right to take the law in their own hands. The court has passed several directions to curb the cases of mob lynching. The court has directed the state governments to act seriously in such cases and Gujarat government has decided to implement the same,” the release said.

“All the DCPs and the SPs are appointed as nodal officers in their areas and will have to act efficiently and strictly against mob lynching cases. Those who arouse sentiments of people by provocative speech, writing or pictures would be acted against under the section 153(a) of IPC,” the department further mentioned.

The move comes after Chief Minister Vijay Rupani a special meeting of senior officers across the state in August in Gandhinagar.