Ghaziabad Assault Case: Twitter responds to UP Police notice, says ready for questioning through video call
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Twitter India on Monday responded to the legal notice issued by the Uttar Pradesh Police over the video linked to the assualt of an elderly man in Ghaziabad. In its response, the Twitter said that its Managing Director (MD) Manish Maheshwari is ready to appear before the police via video conference.
However, the Uttar Pradesh is not satisfied with the reply of the micro-blogging website and will send its notice again, reported news agency ANI. Maheshwari was asked by the police to appear before it at the Loni Border police station within seven days to get his statement recorded in the case.
The Ghaziabad Police Tuesday booked Twitter, news website The Wire, besides some journalists and Congress leaders over circulation of a video in which an elderly Muslim man says he was thrashed and asked to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' on June 5.
The police said that they provoked "communal sentiments" and registered an FIR under Sections 153, 153A, 295A, 505, 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR names Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, news website The Wire, journalists Mohammed Zubair and Rana Ayyub, Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani, Shama Mohamed and writer Saba Naqvi.
In the video, which has been widely shared on the social media platform, the man, who has been identified as Abdul Shamad Saifi, can be heard saying that he was allegedly attacked by some youths and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram". However, the police have denied a communal angle and said that the accused thrashed Saifi as they were unhappy over the 'tabeez' (amulets) sold to them by.
"On social media, we came across a video where an elderly man - Abdul Samad, resident of UP's Bulandshahr, is being attacked by some men. When we investigated this further, we found that he came on June 5 from Loni border area. From there, Abdul Samad, who makes amulets, went to Hazipur village. He already knew the accused. The men, who were upset with him, had called him. Several arrests have already been made," the Ghaziabad Police said in a statement.
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