UP Police to monitor social media activities ahead of Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi

UP Police to monitor social media activities ahead of Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi

If someone makes any inflammatory post, he should be immediately arrested and prosecuted: Agra Zone Inspector General of Police A Satish Ganesh | Photo credit: Sameer

With the Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi festival coming up on November 10 and the possible judgment on Ayodhya issue expected to arrive in the second week of November, UP Director General of Police OP Singh issued instructions to all districts to activate their cyber cells.

The call has been taken to keep an eye on the social media activities in Uttar Pradesh through mobile phones, computers and cyber cafes.

Agra Zone Inspector General of Police A Satish Ganesh told India Today that circle officers and every police station’s SHOs have been instructed to take out marches through their areas on foot, while keeping an eye on the social media activities in their area.

“They need to keep an eye on the major WhatsApp groups in their area and if someone makes any inflammatory post, he should be immediately brought in for questioning and prosecution. Even police personnel, who are active in WhatsApp groups, should be monitored,” A Satish Ganesh said.

A Satish Ganesh said that Facebook and Twitter accounts of the citizens should also be brought under the scanner and “they should be checked from time to time”.

He added that if someone makes any inflammatory post, he should be “immediately arrested and prosecuted as the social media is being used as a weapon by anti-social elements to disturb law and order”. He said that the names of people who were identified as possible miscreants for being involved in communal disturbances are being put down in a list so that they can be placed on enhanced monitoring.

DGP OP Singh told India Today that Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi is a very important Islamic festival as it is the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. “A lot of religious processions are taken out on this day. The police officials of every district have been instructed to keep a list of all those who are taking out these processions and warn them to keep an eye on everyone who is a part of that procession. If someone is involved in any unwanted activities in the procession, he should be immediately reported to the accompanying police force so that prompt action can be taken,” OP Singh said.

Hindustani Biradari secretary Ziauddin said that there are several teams of volunteers formed by the Hindustani Biradari to keep an eye on the anti-social elements in each sector of the city, in coordination with the local police station. “The volunteers have been instructed to report any anti-social activity to the nearest police reporting booth in order to maintain peace in the city,” Ziauddin said.

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