Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, on Tuesday expressed concern over the use of WhatsApp for spreading hate crime and promoting violence.
Speaking at a programme organised by the irrigation department at his official residence, Akhilesh said that it was unfortunate that the instant messaging tool was being used to ignite tempres.
He said, “Information cannot be kept hidden. This is the age of WhatsApp and mail… (but) this is the state where WhatsApp, which should be used for good purposes, is being used for igniting tempers and many communal parties come into the open against each other on its basis.”
He said that both youth and old both had come out to ‘burn shops and buildings after being influenced by the provocative posts on WhatsApp.
The UP CM added, “Having queried for the age of the people posting such matter on WhatsApp or mails, I came to know that they are youths between 16-24 years of age and people over the age of 60 came out to burn shops and buildings (against such posts).”
UP has seen a sporadic incidents of communal disturbances at several places including Agra, Kannauj, Bahraich and Jalaun in recent time and reportedly in all those instances ‘mischievous elements’ were found to be circulating objectionable material on WhatsApp.
Akhilesh asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to publicise the WhatsApp number of the police and create awareness among the people.