Man uses FB to spread hate in name of As­sam top cop, held

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Pran­jal Baruah

Guwahati: Guwahati po­lice ar­rested one per­son on Thurs­day for cre­at­ing a fake Face­book ac­count us­ing city po­lice com­mis­sioner Hiren Nath’s name. The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Lakhya­jy­oti Phukan, was ap­pre­hended by cops in Na­gaon, some 90km from As­sam’s cap­i­tal. Sources said the ac­cused had posted on­line hate mes­sages ear­lier as well.

The com­mis­sioner’s fake ac­count had sur­faced on Mon­day amidst a crack­down by the state po­lice on ru­mour­mon­gers on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing last Fri­day’s lynch­ing of two Guwahati youths by a mob in Karbi An­g­long on sus­pi­cion of be­ing child-lifters. Nath, who does not have a Face­book ac­count him­self, had said stern ac­tion will be taken against any­one found to be abus­ing the in­ter­net.

As­sam DGP Ku­lad­har Saikia said, “At least 35 peo­ple have been ar­rested on charges of abus­ing in­ter­net plat­forms fol­low­ing the lynch­ing.”

Cops have also found mi­nors in­volved in spread­ing ru­mours, who were later coun­selled by their par­ents and school au­thor­i­ties, the DG said.

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