BJP IT Cell secretary arrested for spreading fake news in Bengal

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"He has been booked under non-bailable sections", the officer said.

Sengupta reportedly posted the video on April 17 this year and said that the police ordered a lathicharge upon Hanuman worshippers. The arrest comes in the wake of the police and CID crackdown on social media to monitor sensitive posts, following the communal clashes in Basirhat which were triggered by an objectionable picture posted on Facebook.

A complaint against him for this video which he posted on his Facebook timeline on April 17, was filed on April 25 by the office in-charge of Birbhum Special Operations Group at Suri police station. The post had allegedly named two IPS officers from the minority community and had claimed that they were deliberately targeting Hindus, reports Indian Express. However, the post angered Muslims in the area leading to communal riots. Sengupta had posted one video and propaganda on the Facebook containing communally sensitive material.

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Kolkata Police had recently registered two cases against BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for sharing pictures of 2002 Gujarat riots and passing them off as instances of violence in Baduria. While Hossain reportedly shared a video which could hurt religious sentiments, Chatterjee was arrested for posting a video that relates a Bhojpuri movie and relating it to the situation of Bhaduria.

Police in Bengal have arrested a senior functionary of the BJP for spreading fake news related to communal violence in the state.

"The people of Bengal will not tolerate the fact that BJP is using social media platforms by posting fake pictures and fake news to meet their political ends", HT quoted Mamata Banerjee.

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