Two held in Odisha for circulating hate message on Delhi riots | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: As northeast Delhi continued to remain on the edge following the riots over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Bhadrak district police on Thursday arrested two persons for allegedly exchanging communally-sensitive remarks on social media on the violence in the national capital.
The two persons, in their 20s, belong to Bhadrak town. Police declined to divulge their identities.
Police said the two were engaged in a verbal duel on Facebook over the Delhi riots.
“We promptly traced the two persons and arrested them. They were booked under Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence or language). The duo have deleted the inflammatory messages from social media,” superintendent of police (Bhadrak) Rajesh Pandit told TOI.
In a related development, police on Thursday refused to give permission to an organisation to hold an anti-CAA rally in Bhadrak town.
“In December last, we had given permission to different organisations for holding rallies for and against the CAA. In the wake of the Delhi violence, we have decided not to grant permission for such gatherings,” another police officer said.
Several minority groups, civil society organisations and students organisations had held anti-CAA protest rallies in different parts of the state, including Bhubaneswar in December. Several outfits also held pro-CAA meetings and rallies. No unpleasant scenes were reported nor prohibitory orders imposed anywhere during the rallies.
While the state police headquarters on December 20, 2019 issued an advisory to SPs to remain alert on the raging CAA issue, fresh instructions have been issued to the police in districts in the wake of Delhi riots. Inspectors general of police (IGs) and deputy inspectors general of police (DIGs) in range areas of the state police have also been asked to remain vigilant.
Police headquarters said police in a few districts like Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak, Sambalpur and Kendrapada districts have been specifically asked to remain vigilant as some sensitive pockets in those districts had witnessed communal tensions in the past.

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