Pimri,Vijay Chavan(Pune Mirror):Duo are responsible for rumours that cows were being slaughtered at the abattoir on Bakri Eid. Four days after turmoil broke out in Pimpri over usage of a slaughterhouse during Bakri Eid, the Nigdi police on Friday identified and booked two persons for spreading inflammatory messages on a WhatsApp group.
2 Sangh activities arrested for spreading provocative WhatsApp message
The duo allegedly spread rumours that cows were being slaughtered at the abattoir, a message they then sent to approximately 250 WhatsApp users, a day after the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) granted temporary permission to the Qureshi community to use the slaughterhouse.
The accused have been identified as Guruprasad Shivkumar Vishwakarma (34), a resident of Dnyaneshwar Colony in Akurdi, and Vivek Satish Agarwal (41), a resident of Santosh Park housing society in Kundannagar, Dapodi. Both are traders with businesses in Pimpri. The duo also allegedly participated in the protests and road and rail roko agitation on October 6.
According to the Nigdi police, the accused have been booked under section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act and Section 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
S S Kavade, inspector (crime) of Nigdi police station said, ” After registering a First Information Report (FIR) against the (then) unidentified suspects, police managed to seize their mobile phones after locating their numbers. Upon interrogation, it was revealed that they had sent the inflammatory message.”
“We are now trying to find out how many of them have forwarded the same message which reportedly created tension between two communities in the area for almost three days,” Kavade added.
Kavade said that Agarwal and Vishwakarma have not yet been arrested, but their mobiles have been confiscated to find data of people to whom the messages have been sent so far. “After scrutinising their phones, we will submit the report to assistant commissioner of police, Pimpri division, the deputy commissioner of police (zone III) and the joint commissioner. After consulting with them, the arrest will be made,” he said.
Commissioner of police Satish Mathur had urged people to pay no heed to such rumours and had mentioned that the news about cow slaughtering was intended solely to create unrest and had no basis in fact.