The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday claimed that the news circulating on social media about damage and vandalisation of a mosque in Tripura is fake and a complete misrepresentation of facts. It also said that there is no report of simple or grievous injury or rape or death of any person in any such incidents in Tripura as alleged in some social media posts.
In a strongly worded statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, “There is no reported case of damage of the structure of any mosque in Tripura in the recent past and that people should maintain calm and should not be misguided by such fake reports.”
“There have been news reports that have been circulating that a mosque in Kakraban area of Gomati district in Tripura has been damaged and vandalised. These news reports are fake and are a complete misrepresentation of facts,” it further said.
The home ministry said the mosque in Dargabazar area of Kakraban has not been damaged and the Tripura Police in Gomati district is working to maintain peace and tranquillity.
The home ministry said that in Maharashtra, there have been reports of violence and unsavoury statements that are aimed at disturbing peace and harmony based on fake news regarding Tripura.
“This is very concerning and it is urged that peace is maintained at all costs,” it said. The home ministry made it clear that there is no reported case of damage of the structure of any mosque in Tripura in the recent past.
Violence in Tripura, Maharshtra
There have been violence in some parts of Maharashtra following rallies taken out by Muslim organisations on Friday to protest against incidents in Tripura.
In Amravati, over 8,000 people had gathered outside the district collector’s office on Friday to submit a memorandum demanding that atrocities against the minority community in Tripura be stopped. Violence was reported in Amravati, Nanded, Malegaon, Washim and Yavatmal.
Police have so far arrested 20 people and detained four others by registering 20 FIRs under various charges, including rioting, in connection with Friday’s incidents.
Cyber Cell issues alert
Mumbai Police’s Cyber Cell on Saturday issued an alert warning against making and/or sharing inflammatory posts regarding the violent incidents on social media.
“Several inflammatory posts containing fake news is being spread across social media platforms, related to the recent incidents of violence in Maharashtra. Sharing or forwarding such posts is prohibited. Also, it is advised that social media accounts that carry such posts should be reported”, the order read.
Strict action will be taken against those who will make such posts, and create chaos in the society, it further said.