In connection with the assault on a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad earlier this month, Uttar Pradesh police summoned Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari for questioning.
Abdul Samad, 72, was assaulted by six people on June 5. The victim’s beard was forcefully cut by the assaulters. The video clip of the incident is being widely circulated on social media in Ghaziabad’s Loni. The Ghaziabad Police said that the victim and assaulter already knew each other as Saifi had sold them an amulet, promising them positive results. But, when the amulet did not work, the accused beat him up in anger. Ghaziabad Police also quashed the communal angle linked with the incident.
News website wire.in, journalists and Congress leaders were booked for circulating the video giving communal angle which is promoting enmity between religions with conflicting narratives of the incident.
Abdul Samad Saifi’s family and friends have said the attackers forced Saifi to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and forcefully cut off his beard. The Uttar Pradesh Police has declined any communal angle associated with the viral video of the man. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said that the police intentionally omitted the alleged communal slogan ‘Jai Shree Ram’ from the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case.
The investigating officer in the case said the notice of summoning was issued to Maheshwari late on Thursday evening. Under the regular provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) section 161, Maheshwari is summoned and he has been asked to present himself within seven days to record his statement.
Section 161 Criminal Procedure Code empowers an investigating officer to summon any person who appears to be familiar with the facts and circumstances of a case filed.
Twitter has been summoned in the case as the microblogging site did not prevent the video from circulation and allegedly helped in its promotion of enmity between religious groups.