An FIR has been lodged against eight Twitter handles for allegedly propagating faux news in reference to the dying of two ladies right here final week, police mentioned on Monday.
The Twitter handles embody news portal ‘Mojo Story’, led by senior journalist Barkha Dutt who termed the FIR a case of brazen “harassment and bullying”.
The case was registered on the Sadar Kotwali police station space in Unnao on Sunday against seven extra Twitter accounts: Janjagran Reside, Aazad Samaj Occasion spokesperson Suraj Kumar Boudh, Nilim Dutta, Vijay Ambedkar, Abhay Kumar Azad, Rahul Diwakar, Nawab Satpal Tanwar.
The FIR has been lodged for propagating “faux and deceptive news” relating to the incident, Assistant Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Pandey mentioned on Monday.
Reacting to the FIR, Dutt mentioned, “We’ve adopted journalistic ideas by reporting all sides of an evolving story. To make use of IPC sections which are punishable with jail is pure intimidation. I’m very able to struggle it and face it in court docket.”
The ‘Mojo Story’ editor alleged that the Unnao Police had refused to even give a duplicate of the FIR with out which one can’t enchantment for judicial intervention.
“Brazen Harassment and bullying,” she mentioned. “Much more suspicious is how Unnao Police has clubbed us with a bunch of politicians.”
Three ladies, aged 16, 15 and 14, had left house to convey fodder for cattle on Wednesday evening. They had been discovered mendacity in an agriculture subject when they didn’t return house.
Native residents had rushed them to a hospital the place two of them had been declared introduced useless. The third woman is presently present process remedy at a hospital in Kanpur, police mentioned.
The final rites of the deceased ladies had been carried out on Friday morning amid tight safety preparations.
The Unnao Police has held two folks on this connection, accusing them of homicide over one-sided love.
On Saturday, Congress chief Udit Raj was booked for alleging propagating faux news in a tweet that the youngsters had been raped and their our bodies cremated against the desire of their household.