14 Arrested in Assam for Supporting Taliban on Social Media

New Delhi: A day after 14 people were arrested from different parts of Assam for social media posts allegedly supporting the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he has directed cops to act without “fear and favour”.

Need cooperation from everyone to maintain peace and harmony, he added.

The accused have been booked under different sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IT Act and CrPC.

“@assampolice has arrested 14 persons for social media posts regarding Taliban activities that have attracted provisions of law of the land,” special director general of police GP Singh tweeted.

The top cop also advised people to be careful about inflammatory social media posts, including retweeting them, liking them, saying their actions could lead to penal action.

According to PTI, Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah also urged people to help law enforcement agencies keep tabs on such social media posts.  

“We are registering criminal cases against such persons. Please inform the police if any such thing comes to your notice,” Baruah tweeted.

As per the cops, two people each were arrested from Kamrup (Rural), Barpeta and Dhubri, while one person each was arrested from Darrang, South Salmara, Goalpara and Hojai districts.

The arrested people also include four from the three Barak Valley districts. While two people have been arrested in Karimganj, one each have been apprehended from the other two districts, PTI quoted police officials as saying. 

Earlier, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq had also made statements in support of the Taliban.

While AIMPLB secretary Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani and national spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani praised the terrorist outfit for taking over Afghanistan, Barq went a step ahead and compared the Taliban to India’s freedom fighters.

Later, AIMPLB distanced itself from comments made by its office bearers and said it had neither expressed any view nor given any statement on the Taliban and the recent political situation of Afghanistan.

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