Assam Police arrest 14 people, including one MBBS student, for supporting Taliban on social media
The Assam police booked fourteen people, including an MBBS student, for alleged posts on social media supporting the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.
The arrests were made since Friday night and they have been booked under different sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IT Act, and CrPC, a senior police officer added.
The arrested persons are from Kamrup, Darrang, Barpeta, Dhubri, Hailakandi, Cachar, Karimganj, South Salmara, Goalpara, and Hojai, the police said.
"While some directly supported Taliban, some of them criticised India and the national media for not supporting Taliban. Such adverse/objectionable posts could have led to communal tensions," a senior police official said.
According to police, at least 17 to 20 social media profiles have been found with posts supporting the Taliban, and the posts were made from 11 districts in the state while three other profiles of people from Assam are settled outside -- one each in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Mumbai.
Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah said the Assam Police is taking stern legal action against pro-Taliban comments on social media platforms and are considering them to be a threat to national security.
"We’re registering criminal cases against such persons," she tweeted. She further appealed to the citizens to notify the police if they come across any objectionable posts on social media.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also took to Twitter, directing the Assam police to "act without fear and favour".
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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