Tuesday 20 October 2020

Police find ‘international plot’ in Hathras narrative; shady website vanishes

The new FIR follows Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's appeal of caution to BJP workers of 'conspiracies' against his government

The Uttar Pradesh Police claimed in a fresh FIR today that they have uncovered an “international plot” to instigate riots along caste lines and defame the Yogi Adityanath government over the brutal assault and alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old woman in Hathras. Yesterday, the police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons at the Chandpa Police Station in Hathras under several stringent sections of the IPC, including the law against sedition.

Sources said that the police linked a website, justiceforhathrasvictim.carrd.co, containing information on how to protest safely and avoid the cops, to the conspiracy. Within an hour of the fresh FIR, however, the owners of the pulled it down. The site listed dos and don’ts on how to stay safe during riots and in situations when police fire tear gas, sources said. Whoever ran the website blatantly plagiarised content from the campaign material of Black Lives Matters protesters in the US, sources added.

Chandpa police station in-charge has confirmed the fresh FIR. He refused to elaborate on the case. ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar has not reacted so far.

The police registered the FIR under

  1. Section 109 (abetment — if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment)
  2. Section 120B (criminal conspiracy)
  3. Section 124A (sedition)
  4. 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and four sub-sections:
    • Sub-Section 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration)
    • Sub-Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the IPC
    • fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of offence punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment
    • threatening any person to give false evidence
    • forgery
    • forgery for purpose of harming reputation and printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory
  5. Sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act

The new FIR follows Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s appeal of caution to BJP workers of “conspiracies” against his government. The chief minister asked them to “expose those who want to incite caste and communal riots” in the country and the state.

“Those who do not like development, they want to incite caste and communal riots in the country and state and want to stop development,” Yogi said after attending a review meeting for upcoming byelections to seven Assembly constituencies. “These people want to gain political mileage in the backdrop of riots, and that is why they are hatching new conspiracies every day,” he added.

During his interaction with party workers yesterday, Yogi said that a lot of development work has taken place, especially during the pandemic, which their political rivals “are finding it difficult to digest”.

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