Police in Uttar Pradesh have booked 11 people under the Information Technology Act since Monday for allegedly posting inflammatory content on social media in the wake of a two-year-old girl’s murder earlier this month, Scroll reported. The report also said that internet services had been cut in Khair tehsil on Monday, after inflammatory posts of a communal nature began to appear on social media, but services were restored the next day. Aligarh has been tense since June 2, when the girl’s mutilated body was found in a garbage dump. She had been missing since May 30 and, according to the police, was murdered by two neighbours over an unpaid loan, the report said. In Tappal, where she was murdered, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which bans the assembly of five or more people, remain in place. The police have so far arrested four people for the murder.

5 arrests in 3 days for social media posts ‘defaming’ Adityanath

From Saturday to Monday, five people – including three journalists – were arrested in Uttar Pradesh for posting allegedly “defamatory” content about the chief minister. With the latest arrests, 17 people have now been booked in six days in UP over social media posts.

  • On Saturday, journalist Prakash Kanojia was jailed for tweeting about Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He was booked under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act. But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the police had violated his fundamental rights and ordered his release on bail. The UP police had arrested him for “defaming” Adityanath after he shared a video of a woman who claimed that she had a relationship with the chief minister. Two other journalists, Anuj Shukla and Ishika Singh from private news channel Nation Live, were also arrested for broadcasting the claims of the woman, per the Indian Express.
  • On Monday, the UP police said two people were booked in Gorakhpur district for over another “objectionable” post about Adityanath on social media, per India Today. It said the police could not arrest the original poster, Dharmendra Bharti, as he works in Muscat. But they arrested Peer Mohammad, a scrap dealer who shared the post. Another person from Shahpur was also sent to jail on Monday for allegedly posting “objectionable” content on social media, the India Today report said. Cases were registered under Sections 503(criminal intimidation), 505 (public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 65/66 of the IT Act, the report said, citing Gorakhpur SSP Sunil Kumar Gupta.