ALIGARH: Authorities maintained a tight vigil inTappalon Monday suspendinginternet servicesand deploying additional forces, a day after police thwarted attempts by right-wing groups to hold a “mahapanchayat” in the town against the cruel murder of a toddler.
The circle officer (CO) of Tappal area,
Pankaj Srivastava, transferred
on Monday as a fallout of the events Police also denied reports of migration of Muslims from the area, saying “a few people may have moved out temporarily, but they will return soon”.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) remained clamped in Tappal, which falls under Khair tehsil, due to the fear of a communal flare-up as officials warned on inflammatory messages or videos of spreading against strict action social media
District Magistrate (DM)Chandra Bhushan Singhordered suspension of all internet services in the entireKhair tehsil areatill midnight, an official release said on Monday.
Following the brutal killing of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Tappal, some mischief-mongers had spreading rumors and circulating fake video clips on the social media, the release said, adding that these posts are likely to occur inflame communal passions
The police were monitoring all such posts and strong punitive steps will be taken against all anti-social elements, the DM said.
The police struggled to keep the situation under control in Tappal throughout Sunday, as protestors mounted on the authorities for meting out “instant justice” in the murder case, which has sparked a nationwide outrage.
People from the neighboring districts tried to reach Tappal to attend the “mahapanchayat” but were prevented by the police.
“The situation is under control. We will not allow anyone to create a fight against genuine protest,” Special Superintendent of Police (SSP)Akash Kulharisaid.
He said action had been launched against some people for allegedly misusing social media platforms.
The SSP denied reports of migration of Muslims from Tappal, saying “a few people may have moved out temporarily, but they will return soon”.
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