The Criminal Investigating Department (CID) in West Bengal arrested Bharatiya Janata Party's IT Cell Secretary Tarun Sengupta on Wednesday for posting fake images and videos on social media forums, News18 reported.
The WB CID arrested BJP’s IT Cell secretary Tarun Sengupta for posting fake images and videos on social media https://t.co/tjbemAiySX— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 12, 2017
“BJP IT cell secretary of Asansol was arrested from Gitanjali Apartment, Hirapore. He had uploaded a fake video of a Muslim police officer beating a Hindu man,” ADG (CID) Rajesh Kumar told The Indian Express.
Sengupta has been charged under non-bailable sections of the IPC for posting media, which could add to the already tense atmosphere in Bengal. The video had been posted on April 17 during Ram Navami, but the CID only noticed it recently and acted immediately.
The post, allegedly made by Sengupta read, “Is Birbhum a part of Bangladesh or Pakistan? Nishat Parvez SP and ADSP Farhat Abbas ordered the brutal lathi-charge and serious thrashing on the peaceful Hanuman Bhakts. Both these Muslim IPS officers were performing their religious duties of destroying the Kafirs and idol worshippers without even thinking of their service. Recently, Mumtaz Begum’s Muslim appeasement and empowerment resulted in such incident at Birbhum. Birbhum is next Bangladesh,” the Indian Express report added.
Tarun Sengupta, Secretary BJP IT Cell, Asansol, WB, arrested today for spreading fake news and creating communal disharmony. pic.twitter.com/GRWSPPnMq5— CID West Bengal (@CIDWestBengal) July 12, 2017
In the aftermath of the recent incidents, the police is cracking down on any such posts that can instigate communal violence in the region.
This is the third such arrest.
In the first case, Kolkata police had registered two cases against BJP leader Nupur Sharma for trying to pass off images of Gujarat riots as the communal riots in Basirhat.
In the second case, a 38-year-old man had been arrested for posting a picture from a Bhojpuri movie. He claimed that to be the real situation in the North 24 parganas.
Due to the recent communal tension in the area, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had asked people to refrain from posting anything on social media that could provoke violence.
(Feature image source: Twitter)