Police in Assam have arrested 14 Muslim men for making pro-Taliban posts on social media. These posts purportedly expressed support for the hardline Islamic terror outfit’s takeover of Afghanistan. The arrested include at least three maulanas (Islamic scholars).
Special DGP GP Singh tweeted today, “Assam Police arrested 14 persons for social media posts regarding Taliban activities that have attracted provisions of law of the land. People are advised to be careful in posts/likes etc on social media platforms to avoid penal action.”
Police officials said the accused have been booked under different sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IT Act and the CrPC.
Assam Police arrested these people from Darrang (1), Kamrup (2), Cachar (1), Barpeta (2), Dhubri (2), Hailakandi (1), South Salmara (1), Goalpara (1), Hojai (1) and Karimganj (2) districts last night and today. The suspects have been booked under different sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IT Act and CrPC, a senior police officer said.
Assam Police arrested two people each from Kamrup, Dhubri, and Barpeta districts for allegedly sharing “adverse and objectionable” posts supporting the Taliban on social media, said Chief Public Relations Officer Rajib Saikia. One person each was apprehended in Darrang, Cachar, Hailakandi, South Salmara, Hojai and Goalpara districts.
“While some directly supported Taliban, some of them criticised India and the national media for not supporting Taliban. This could create communal tensions,” he further said.
Those arrested were caught on the radar of the Assam Police’s Cyber Cell that keeps a constant vigil on social media networks; sources have said.
The Special Branch (SB) of Assam police is overseeing the operation.
Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah said Assam Police was taking stern legal action against pro-Taliban comments on social media that are harmful to national security.
“We are on alert and monitoring social media for inflammatory posts. Among the arrested persons, one is a student,” a police official said.
Taliban took over Afghanistan on 15 August, seizing the presidential palace and taking control of Kabul after president Ashraf Ghani escaped from the country. People in the country are gripped in fear and have been attempting to flee.