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Social media posts on CDS General Rawat’s death leads to multiple arrests: Report

The charges were filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code and, in one case, the Information Technology Act.

Several people have faced action for their social media posts and messages on the death of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and others, according to an Indian Express report. Across several states, police have arrested nine people and booked two, while an employee of a nationalised bank was suspended. It is not clear if the platforms provided law enforcement authorities with information on the accused; MediaNama has reached out to Meta and Twitter and will update the report once a response is received. This is the latest in a trend of Indian law enforcement cracking down on social media content and holding users of these platforms criminally liable. What's the case against the accused? Rajasthan: Two people were booked for allegedly posting offensive material on Facebook about the Army chopper crash that led to General Rawat's demise, while another was arrested for their remarks on Instagram, as per the Indian Express. In the latter case, the charges were brought under Section 505 (2) of the IPC, which penalises making statements with intent to cause public mischief or alarm to the public. Jammu and Kashmir: One man was arrested in Jammu for allegedly forwarding a post on Facebook with 'derogatory' remarks against General Rawat and an employee of Jammu and Kashmir Bank was suspended for 'laugh' reacting to a Facebook post on General Rawat's death. Tamil Nadu: A YouTuber was arrested for tweeting that General Rawat's death was the result of a conspiracy, and attacking the state's ruling party for…

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