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UP Police lodges FIR against Twitter and others for posts on Ghaziabad attack

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The Uttar Pradesh police have lodged an FIR against Twitter and others in connection with tweets on an elderly man who was allegedly assaulted in Ghaziabad. Loni Border Police Station in Ghaziabad district registered the case against the social media platform, confirmed a police official at the concerned station to MediaNama. Media organisation The Wire, which has been named as one of the accused in the FIR, reported that the other accused named in the FIR are Twitter Communications India Pvt, Twitter Inc, journalists Mohammad Zubair of AltNews, Rana Ayub, Congress' Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani and Shama Mohamed. The FIR was filed at 11.20 PM on June 15. The sections invoked are IPC Section 153 (provocation for rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 505 (mischief), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) against them, the Wire report said. Why is Twitter an accused? The tweets, in particular, pertain to an elderly Muslim man who was attacked in Loni in UP's Ghaziabad district on June 5. A Hindustan Times report said that the assailants also chopped 72-year-old Abdul Samad's beard and forced him to chant religious slogans. A video of the incident went viral on social media platforms in the following days. While it is being said that the attack is communal in nature, police deny that angle and maintain that it was an interpersonal matter that led to the attack. The FIR reportedly said that the Ghaziabad Police had clarified regarding the…

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