Ruckus over video of Muslim elder beating up:Complaint also against Swara Bhaskar and journalist Arfa Khanum; allegation of provocative tweet
Controversy is deepening over a viral video related to an elderly man being assaulted in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. A complaint has been lodged against Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari and others in the capital Delhi regarding the matter. The complaint has been lodged at Tilak Marg police station in Delhi.
Advocate Amit Acharya has lodged this complaint at Tilak Marg police station. Journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani and actor Asif Khan are also named in the complaint. It is alleged that all of them made provocative tweets in the matter. Police say that FIR has not been registered yet, but police is investigating.
Swara had raised questions on the FIR,
Swara wrote on Twitter, ‘The family business of the Ghaziabad lynching victim is Carpentry (Carpentry). He doesn’t know anything about making talismans. The brother of the arrested co-accused is also challenging the police statement. These claims should be probed.
He wrote, ‘This has been confirmed in the original copy of the written complaint made by the family on 6th June. However, the police have not confirmed this. The date written on the seal shows that before the FIR the allegation of saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Saifi by her assailants was brought to the notice of the police.’
Attempting to make reporting a crime: Arfa
Arfa, while commenting on the FIR, wrote on Twitter, ‘This is an attempt to criminalize reporting that is outside the official version of an incident. What has the victim of a crime himself said about the incident? An FIR has been registered on The Wire for its reporting.
Understand in 3 points – what happened in Ghaziabad?
- The Ghaziabad Police of Uttar Pradesh had registered an FIR on 9 including Twitter after a video of an elderly man named Abdul Samad being assaulted and molested in Loni area went viral. This action was taken on all of them due to wrongly giving communal color to the incident. In a video going viral on social media, it is seen that an elderly Muslim was beaten up and his beard was cut.
- According to the police, the truth of the matter is different. The victim elderly had given some talismans to the accused, due to which the accused did not get the results, the angry accused carried out the incident. However, Twitter did not tag this video as “manipulated media”. Police also told that the victim has not registered in his FIR about raising slogans of Jai Shri Ram and cutting beard.
- Among those who have been booked, Ayub and Naqvi are journalists, while Zubair is the author of fact-checking website Alt News. Dr. Shama Mohammed and Nizami are Congress leaders. At the same time, Usmani, a former president of Aligarh Muslim University students’ union, was fielded by the Congress as a candidate in the Bihar assembly elections in October-November last year.
Twitter India’s MD interrogated
in Toolkit Case On the other hand, a big disclosure came to light in the Congress Toolkit case on Thursday. According to news agency ANI, sources have told that Delhi Police had questioned Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari on May 31. This questioning was done by the special team of Delhi Police in Bengaluru on 31 May.
Earlier on May 25, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had sent a notice to Twitter regarding the investigation of the complaint lodged in the alleged Congress Toolkit case. In this, an explanation was sought from him for calling BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweet manipulative. Two police teams also reached Twitter’s office in Delhi’s Lado Sarai and Gurugram.
What is the Toolkit Controversy
Actually, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra made a tweet on 18 May, in which he accused the Congress of citing a toolkit. Patra had said that the Congress was using the toolkit to defame the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been prepared by the research team of Congress.
Patra claimed that many Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi also post on social media through this toolkit. Twitter described the same tweet as ‘manipulated media’ and said that this claim is not factually correct.