In Tripura, a case has been registered against four Supreme Court advocates for increasing communal violence on social media. They are accused of intensifying communal violence through posts on social media targeting Muslims. A case has been registered against four Supreme Court lawyers under strict UAPA and various sections of the Indian Penal Code for promoting communal hatred.
West Tripura district superintendent of police Manik Das said on Friday that while serving a notice to the lawyers, they have been asked to appear before the police for questioning by November 10. Das told PTI, “A group of lawyers from the Supreme Courts had visited Tripura last Tuesday and after their visit, we saw several posts on social media expressing dissatisfaction with regard to the recent communal incidents. . The police have registered a case and they want to know whether they made these posts or they were fake posts.
He said he could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Those to whom the notices have been sent include Supreme Court lawyer Ehtesham Hashmi, Lawyers for Democracy’s convener lawyer Amit Srivastava, NCHRO national secretary Ansar Indori and PUCL member Mukesh Kumar.
He claimed that the Muslim community, including women, was targeted in the state and a mosque was vandalized. A mosque in Chamtila was vandalized and two shops torched on October 26 during a rally organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to protest communal violence in neighboring Bangladesh. North Tripura Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty had said that three houses of Muslims and some shops were also looted in the nearby Rowa market. In a notice to the lawyers, the police have asked them to delete their social media posts and appear before investigators by November 10.