At least 40 people including 20 policemen were injured in the clashes. UP police arrested 36 people including four masterminds Hayat Jaffar Hashmi, Javed Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Rahil and Mohammad Suffian who were taken into custody for 14 days.
Reported by Haidar Naqvi | Written by Aryan Prakash
Kanpur Police on Monday registered an FIR against 15 social media accounts operated on Facebook and Twitter platforms in connection with the communal clashes that erupted in the city last Friday.
The case at Kanpur Kotwali Police Station by Police Station Officer (SHO) Anil Tiwari was registered under Sections 505, 507 and 66 of the Computers Act for allegedly stirring up passions.
Kanpur Police registered FIRs against 15 accounts operated on Facebook and Twitter to stir up passions. The FIR mentions various user IDs, including a Facebook account from Mahoba district in Uttar Pradesh. The locations from which the other accounts were run are not mentioned.
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Communal clashes had erupted in Yateemkhana, Pared and Nai Sadak areas after some people called for shops to be closed in protest against allegedly reprehensible remarks made against the Prophet Muhammad and Islam by the BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma. The violence spread to other localities including Beconganj, Anwarganj and Moolgunj, with protesters throwing stones, firing shots and throwing petrol bombs at police who in turn used batons to disperse the crowd.
At least 40 people including 20 policemen were injured in the clashes. The BJP has suspended Sharma from main membership.
UP police arrested 36 people including four masterminds Hayat Jaffar Hashmi, Javed Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Rahil and Mohammad Suffian who were taken into custody for 14 days. The cops are also investigating the role of the radical Indian Popular Front team and are investigating whether the group is linked to bandh calls in the city.
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