UP police have registered an FIR against social media platform Twitter, news website The Wire, Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair, Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Shama Mohamed and Maskoor Usmani and against journalist Saba Naqvi and Rana Ayyub for allegedly sharing a video clip on Twitter. The clip shows an elderly Muslim man getting assault and giving the video a communal colour without verifying the authenticity of the video.
The FIR has been registered u/s 153,153A, 295A, 505 and 120B of IPC. Twitter and Twitter Communications Pvt Ltd have also been named in the FIR for failing to take down the video.
The FIR was filed in the backdrop of an old Muslim man’s claim that he was attacked, his beard was cut off, and he was forced to chant Jai Shiri Ram and Vande Mataram. However, the UP police have ruled out the communal angle and have stated that six men had attacked because they were unsatisfied with the amulets that the man had sold them.
Contents of the FIR:-
According to the FIR, the video was circulated by a few people on their social media account. In the video, some miscreants could be seen beating the old man (Abdul Samad), and they can be seen forcefully cutting his beard and forcing him to chant Vande Matram and Jai Shri Ram.
It is further alleged that the video was circulated without verifying the details of the video or the incident to give the incident a communal angle and incite communal hatred between religious communities. It was stated that the views expressed while sharing the video were not individual opinions but were shared to incite communal violence and tension between Hindus and Muslims.
The FIR states people who are seen beating the man were not strangers, but the incident took place because the victim had sold tabeez(amulets) to the miscreants, and he was beaten up because the amulets did not work.
Lastly, it was stated that despite clarifying that the incident was a personal dispute, the accused shared the video to incite communal hatred and disrupt public peace.