Dadri lynching: UP govt approaches Twitter following controversial tweet from Noida handle

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A controversial message was posted on a Twitter handle operating from Noida, adjoining Delhi, regarding which a case has been registered and the social networking site approached for removing the content.

IG (Administration) Prakash D, in Lucknow, said, “DIG Meerut, who supervises social media lab, has written a letter to Twitter India to delete a specific tweet made from a twitter handle in Noida on Septemer 30.”

Adding to this, he also said that an FIR had already been lodged in the case.

Uttar Pradesh has been on the edge since 28 September when a 50-year-old man Akhlaq was lynched by a mob and his son injured critically after rumours that they had eaten beef.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has already directed his administration to take stern action against those “creating disharmony and inciting hatred” by circulating “baseless” content on social media, especially Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Family members of Akhlaq, who was lynched in Dadri, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Family members of Akhlaq, who was lynched in Dadri, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Reacting on Dadri incident, Yadav had said, “notorious elements and communal forces were circulating objectionable content on social media. Effective action should be taken and elements spreading rumours should be dealt with strictly by taking immediate cognizance of such cases.”

The government spokesperson said some tweets were made from a Twitter handle being operated from Noida with the motive of disturbing communal harmony and spreading hatred.

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