Tripura High Court seeks report on communal incidents

AGARTALA/GUWAHATI: The Tripura High Court on Friday directed the State government to file a detailed report by November 10 on the incidents, if any, involving the religious minorities while the Assam government has sounded an alert and asked the district officials to closely monitor the situation in view of the attacks on minorities in Bangladesh.

Hearing a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation, the High Court division bench comprising Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Subhashish Talapatra, directed the Tripura government to give a detailed report on the incidents, if any, and the action taken against the social media posts and fake messages. A court official said that Tripura Advocate General Siddhartha Shankar Dey told the court that adequate security arrangements were made in the religious places especially those belonging to the minorities and cases registered against the fake social media posts.

Police said that there have been some stray incidents in Tripura since last week after the communal violence in Bangladesh. According to police, some “unidentified people” burnt three shops belonging to the minorities, forcing the north Tripura district authorities to promulgate prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in Panisagar and Dharmanagar sub-divisions on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), Saurabh Tripathi said that anti-national and mischievous elements on Twitter and Facebook are spreading fake news and rumours. The videos and photos that are being uploaded have no connection with the Panisagar incident. No fire incident took place at any mosque, said the IGP, adding that cases were registered against rumour mongers.

In Guwahati, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the State government had alerted all the Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of Police of 34 districts and asked them to undertake additional surveillance in the backdrop of the communal violence in Bangladesh. (IANS)

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