Ghaziabad Police on Friday summoned Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari and asked him to appear to record his statement at Loni police station within seven days. The complaint was made after Ghaziabad Police booked certain journalists, Congress leaders, Twitter Inc and Twitter Communications India Pvt for tweeting in the context of an elderly Muslim man who was being assaulted.
Earlier this week, the Uttar Pradesh Police also arrested five people in connection with an alleged attack on an elderly Muslim man in Loni after a video clip surfaced on social media on June 14.
The man, Abdul Samad Saifi had alleged that the accused offered him an auto ride, took him to an isolated spot and beat him up and further forced him to chant Jai Shri Ram. However, police said the accused beat him up because he had sold them a tabeez that they believed did not work.
“Some people used Twitter as a platform to spread animosity and hatred among people. Twitter did not take cognisance of such messages and rather encouraged such messages that sought to spread enmity and affect harmony among communities in the country/states. Such messages were also allowed to go viral. The case is being investigated and your participation is mandatory. Report to the Loni Border Police within seven days after receiving this letter to register your response,” read the police letter addressed to Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari.
“There is no communal angle to the incident in Loni where a man was thrashed and his beard was chopped off. The following entities — The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Salman Nizami — without checking the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter and suddenly they started spreading messages to disrupt the peace and bring differences between the religious communities,” the FIR stated.
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