Guwahati: Two more people from Assam have been held for putting up posts on social media in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. Ahejuddin Ahmed, a resident of Dolgaon in Darrang district, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly posting a pro-Pakistan status on social media. He was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday.
Ahmed had reportedly tagged some of his friends on the controversial post. One of them later lodged a complaint against him.
Darrang superintendent of police Amit Bhuyan said, “Ahmed was arrested for posting a comment that included pro-Pakistan slogans and promoted hate speech. But the accused has denied the charges. He is claiming that he did not operate the account from where the post was uploaded.” Ahmed has reportedly claimed that he had sold his mobile phone, following which his Facebook account was hacked, Darrang Police sources said.
A similar incident was also reported from lower Assam’s Bongaigaon district. “A man called Rahul Hussain was detained after he allegedly posted a comment against the Indian security forces. Angry people then attacked his house,” police said.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, Assam Police has stepped up its cyber vigilance after many provocative posts reportedly surfaced on social networking sites.
Earlier, on Tuesday, four Assam youths were arrested for putting up pro-Pakistan posts on social media. Hafizur Rahman (19) alias Sunny was arrested from ward number 2 in Mangaldoi town on sedition charges for allegedly posting derogatory posts against the state of India on Facebook.
The youth was charged with ‘attempting to incite disaffection towards the government’ and allegedly showing disregard to Indian security forces. Hafizur posted a cartoon where a Pakistani was shown hanging an Indian.
Police also booked Aminul Islam, an youth from Basugaon area of Chirang district, on Tuesday, for allegedly praising Pakistan’s army on Facebook.
Ajmal Hussain, an youth from Sonitpur, was arrested by Tezpur Police on Tuesday for allegedly posting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ on Facebook. Another youth from Lakhimpur, Rahul Tanti, was taken into police custody for allegedly posting “Pakistan Zindabad” on social networking sites.
Assam Police chief Kuladhar Saikia said, “Directions have been given to the district police to maintain sharp vigilance on online activities and act promptly. We urge everyone to avoid posting provocative statements or comments on social media and to maintain peace.”