NEW DELHI -- A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed the state administration to punish those misusing social media following the Dadri incident, the Uttar Pradesh police has asked Twitter India to delete certain texts and pictures.
On Monday, the UP police wrote a letter to Twitter asking it to remove certain photographs and text uploaded on the social networking service. The messages are said to be related to the Dadri incident in which Akhlaq (50) was lynched following rumours that his family had consumed and stored beef.
"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 30 September," IG (Administration) Prakash D said to TOI. He also said that an FIR had already been lodged in the case.
The state police social media lab mentioned that these posts are spreading hatred and rumours among masses.
A spokesman from the Chief Minister's office told Times Of India that some tweets originated from a Twitter handle being operated from Noida with the motive of disturbing communal harmony and spreading hatred.
"We are investigating into the other aspects like the individual behind the handle that was used to upload this objectionable text and graphics as such activities whip up communal passions which can prove detrimental for the surcharged atmosphere prevailing in certain parts of the state," IG (Administration) Prakash D added.
The letter follows the directive of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who had asked the state administration to take stern action against elements creating disharmony and inciting hatred by circulating baseless content on social media, specially (on) Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.
"Notorious elements and communal forces were circulating objectionable content on social media," Yadav had said on Sunday.
The state administration has also asked people to call 9454401002 and inform if they come across any such cases on social networking websites and applications. The identity of the informer would be kept secret.
Last week, around 200 persons attacked the residence of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq after rumours spread in the village that a cow has been slaughtered and beef was stored in his house. The mob allegedly beat Aqlakh to death while his 22-year-old son Danish was critically injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a hospital.