New Delhi: A Whatsapp group administrator was arrested for circulating ‘anti-national’ messages in the social media group. The incident took place in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. The accused arrested has been identified as Naeem.

Police said that they had received a complaint from Dipak Kumar of Bamnauli village in Baraut. Kumar in his complaint mentioned that a WhatsApp group named ‘Josh’ was circulating objectionable “anti-national” messages.

After receiving the complaint, police launched a probe. In the probe it was found that the group was run by Naeem, who runs ‘Jan Sewa Kendra’ (common services center) in his village.

In a similar incident, three persons including Whatsapp group administrator was arrested for allegedly spreading rumours about a non-existing crime in Singrauli district.  The main accused was identified as Surendra Dwivedi who was the ‘admin’ of the Whatsapp group: “Evil of Urjanchal”, police had said.

Dwivedi had allegedly posted a message that villagers in Khutar village had chopped off the private parts of a man after he was found in an objectionable position with a woman, a police official had informed.

The trio was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act.

In July, a woman was allegedly lynched by a mob in Bhosh village near Singrauli on suspicion that she was a child-lifter, police had said.

According to police, the crime occurred amid rumours on the social media that some child-lifters were on the prowl in rural areas of the district.

Police had launched a campaign in the wake of the lynching incident to identify the people behind the circulation of false messages in the district.

(With agency inputs)