Agartala: The High Court of Tripura has served a notice to the state government over the recent Panisagar violence after taking suo-motu cognizance and seeking a reply on action taken before November 10 next.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Subhasish Talapatra was hearing the case on Saturday after which the state government was asked to file an affidavit before November 10, specifically dealing with preventive measures taken and their plan of scuttling the design of stoking communal passion or to perpetrate violence.  

The court was apprised by advocate general Siddhartha Shankar Dey that many pictures and/or videos were circulated on social media–Twitter and Facebook, etc., that contained misinformation about the above incident.

“These videos and pictures have the potential to disturb communal harmony in the State. To identify the miscreant responsible, 2 cases, as mentioned below, have been registered and are under active investigation,” the advocate general said.

The court said it also considers it appropriate to take note of the fact that various peace committees have been formed in various locations where communal strife exists. 

“These steps, in our considered view, will go a long way in regaining the confidence of the citizens at large. However, these steps need to be further expanded,” the court observed. 

The division bench also suggested the state to consider forming peace committees not only at district levels but also at sub-divisional levels and, if necessary, at panchayat levels and called upon all political parties to participate fully in such peace processes, so that the confidence of the people can be restored.

The court also noted the fact that the Chief Minister has directed the officials concerned to compute the damages occurred and grant appropriate compensation immediately.

The court appreciated the media, in particular the print media, for taking up a very active positive role in trying to restore peace and order within the state. 

However, the court directs the state to initiate appropriate action against all such social media platforms in order to ensure that false, fictitious and/or fabricated news articles or visual footages do not come on social media platforms and, even if they do, they are removed at the earliest.

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