The special investigating team (SIT) investigating the Delhi riots has made a sensational disclosure that inflammatory posts were uploaded from more than 100 social media accounts, of which 60 accounts on different platforms were opened for only four days. The Crime Branch SIT and Delhi Police’s cyber cell has unearthed this conspiracy behind the Delhi riots.
The investigation also revealed that these 60 accounts were opened on 22 February, and they remained active for only four days till 26 February. After this, they were deactivated and/or deleted. This raises the suspicion that these accounts were opened only to upload inflammatory material during the riots.
One social media group
These social media accounts were opened from almost the same area and by the same group. The police are still trying to find out who all were involved in this conspiracy.
Another team of the police, in the meantime, is looking for the possible masterminds behind the sinister social media activity.
SIT appeals to people
The SIT has issued an appeal to the media and ordinary citizens alike to assist it in the violence investigation. Whoever has photographs, video footage or other evidence, provide it to the police, the SIT said in a statement.
The relevant photographs and video footage must be sent to the DCP office of North-East Delhi district at Seelampur. The identity of those who share the evidence with the police will be kept secret.
If anyone wants to testify on these violent incidents, the police will keep his identity a secret too.
The Delhi Police Cyber Cell has so far registered 25 first information reports FIRs. Some of these FIRs are complaints against spreading rumours.
Police have arrested about 20 such cyber crooks while collecting evidence and conducting raids to look for other malicious users of social media.
December riot pattern repeated
The disclosure by the cyber cell of the police reminds one of the Seelampur riots in December 2019 when, as a planned demonstration drew close, provocative messages were posted via WhatsApp by several of those who were supposed to be part of the procession.
Some of the stone-throwers later tried to justify their deeds by saying they had been “tolerating” anti-Islamic acts of the state like the abolition of triple talaq, Supreme Court verdict in favour of Ram Lalla Virajman in Ayodhya, the NRC, etc. The Citizenship Act Amendment, they allege, is the straw that broke the camel’s back.