The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested the secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell in West Bengal on charges of “spreading fake news and creating communal disharmony,” according to media reports.
Tarun Sengupta was arrested in Asansol after he was accused of posting fake images and videos on social media that could incite violence.
“Action will be taken for spreading fake pictures and videos. The law will take its own course,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said last week.
The Hindustan Times reported that Sengupta was charged with a non-bailable section of the Indian Penal Code and that he was due to appear in the Suri court on Wednesday.
Baduria and its adjoining areas experienced unrest following the arrest of a class 12 boy who allegedly insulted Islam in a Facebook post. Members of the Hindu and Muslim communities clashed, damaging shops and setting vehicles ablaze.
NDTV reported that through Twitter, the police were advising people to be careful and to not allow themselves to be influenced by fake messages circulated on social media.