Lucknow: At least three people came under the Uttar Pradesh police’s radar for allegedly posting fake content on social media. The UP Police registered an FIR on Wednesday after a post on social media surfaced that accused ‘a man of raping his rakhi sister and beating her up’. The post which was shared by a woman named Komal held a man named Gafoor Khan responsible for outraging the modesty of another woman and identified him as a local Congress leader. However, police officials confirmed the same saying no such person existed and a random image was used in the post. Gonda’s city president Abdul Rehman also said there is no such leader in the party by that name.
The inflammatory tweet read, “In Gonda, a Hindu woman took Congress leader Gafoor Khan as his brother and tied rakhi on his wrist. On Monday, Khan called the woman to his house for some work. There he raped her, beat her up and then forced her out of his house.”
Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh said lodged an FIR at the Kotwali police station after finding the post to be fake. According to the DGP PRO, the first photo was posted by a user on December 21 last year and the second image was of a woman injured in a Kanpur train accident in 2016. The rape charge couldn’t be proved too.
The police are trying to trace the three people involved in posting fake content. So far, no arrests have been made by the police. An FIR has been registered against Anjali Shukla, Komal and Deepak Sharma under Section 153 of IPC and relevant sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
Ashok Kumar Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Gonda Kotwali police station said that Komal had posted the content on her Twitter handle and the same was shared by Shukla and Sharma on their respective Facebook accounts, Singh added.