Agartala: Tripura police on Wednesday arrested a man for posting derogatory remarks against Matua Mahasangha, a sect of folk Hinduism without a ‘chaturvarna’ system practised in West Bengal.
The action came shortly after Union home minister Amit Shah wrote a letter to Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb informing him about the matter on Tuesday.
“The representatives of Akhil Bharatiya Matua Mahasangha met with me and placed a representation in which they have mentioned that derogatory remarks were made upon the religious guru (god) of their community which is not bearable for the community,” he wrote.
“As per received information, in connection to the matter under AD Nagar police station, West Tripura on July 20, a case in this regard is registered. You are requested to ensure immediate investigation into the matter and ensure legal proceeding against the culprits,” Shah wrote.
Reacting to the letter from the home minister, the police on Wednesday arrested Kuldeep Chakraborty from AD Nagar area.
Speaking with reporters, West Tripura district superintendent of police Manik Das said that the police arrested Chakraborty for posting derogatory posts and remarks on a community.
“This is a complete serious criminal act. We have registered a specific criminal case against him. We have produced him in the court for further proceedings,” Das said.
In another case, Tripura police arrested a 16-year-old school student after receiving a complaint from the chief minister’s office for spreading fake messages regarding imposition of COVID-19 lockdown.
“The minor school student was arrested for posting rumours of lockdown imposition from July 24 through a Twitter handle identical to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb”, Das said.
He also said that the chief minister’s account is very important as it gives information for the public interest. “We took the matter seriously since both the public and administration were misguided,” he said.
The West Tripura SP also made an appeal to the people on behalf of district police and administration to indulge in rumor mongering on various social media about imposition of lockdown or any other Covid-19 related rumours.
The police also warned to take strict legal action against the rumor-mongers.
“During this ongoing lockdown period, more than 5,000 preventive arrests and specific cases were lodged in certain issues. In some cases we have issued notice as per provisions.
He also said that all kinds of crime has reduced in the West Tripura district in comparison to last year. The smart city cameras help is in tracing down the criminals and offenders easily.
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