WhatsApp group admin arrested in Uttar Pradesh for circulation of ‘anti-national’ messages

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Police in Uttar Pradesh have arrested a WhatsApp group admin for the alleged circulation of messages, deemed anti-national, on the insta messaging platform. The arrested admin has been identified as Naeem.

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Naeem’s arrest took place after one Dipak Kumar of Bamnauli village in Baraut filed a complaint against him, reported news agency PTI.

Naeem was reportedly the admin of a WhatsApp group named ‘Josh,’ which was accused of circulating ‘anti-national’ messages. Naeem was arrested after a probe found that he was the admin of the group, which circulated objectionable ‘anti-national messages.’ The arrested man also Jan Sewa Kendra (common services centre) in his village.

Common Services Centers is a government of India-run scheme, which is meant for the front-end delivery points for the government, private and social sector services to rural citizens of India.

In July, a 21-year-old man Junaid in Madhya Pradesh had said that he spent five months in jail after he was accused of being a part of group that allegedly circulated ‘anti-national’ message on WhatsApp. A student from the town of Talen in Madhya Pradesh, Junaid was arrested in February on charges of sedition.

He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Coded including 124A (sedition) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), and the Information Technology Act.

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