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40 arrested for spreading hate messages on social media


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Indian police have arrested 40 people in the northeastern state of Assam for spreading rumours about child lifters and hate messages on social media.

A police official told newsmen on Tuesday that “the arrests came in the aftermath of Friday night’s horrific lynching of two youths in Assam.

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“These arrests were separate from the 25 people held so far for the lynching of the duo in Karbi Anglong district.”

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A mob of hundreds had beaten to death the duo- Nilotal Das, a 29-year-old sound engineer, and 30-year-old Abhijeet Nath, while they were on adventure tourism in a village in Assam’s Karbi Anglong, 200 km from capital Guwahati.

Media report said that they suspected them to be child-lifters.

“A massive manhunt is on to nab other accused in the lynching case,’’ local police chief G.V. Siva Prasad said on Monday.

State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has issued a stern warning to people spreading fake rumours on social media.

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“People found circulating rumours would be dealt with very firmly,’’ he told newsmen in Guwahati after holding a high-level security meeting on Sunday.


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