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Bengal BJP Leader Arrested For Posting 'Fake' News on Social Media

BJP State General Secretary Sayantan Basu condemned the arrest and demanded a fair inquiry into the matter.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:July 12, 2017, 2:35 PM IST
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Bengal BJP Leader Arrested For Posting 'Fake' News on Social Media
A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal. (File photo/PTI)
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Kolkata: The West Bengal CID on Tuesday night arrested BJP’s IT Cell secretary Tarun Sengupta for posting fake images and videos on social media.

This comes days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people not to post objectionable photos on social media.

Sengupta was arrested for allegedly posting fake images and videos which could further flare up communal tension in Bengal.

“He was charged with non-bailable sections of IPC. He was arrested following a complaint lodged by a local politician at Suri police station. He will produced him at Suri court on Wednesday,” a police source said.

BJP State General Secretary Sayantan Basu condemned the arrest and demanded a fair inquiry into the matter.

This is third such arrest in the recent past. Recently the police arrested a man from Sonarpur (South 24-Parganas) for posting a still photo from a Bhojpuri movie which showed a group of men trying to molest a woman. The photo was shared by several BJP leaders claiming that this happened in Basirhat.

Mamata then asked the DGP to launch a crackdown against those who are trying to malign the image of Bengal.

“We have also registered two non-bailable cases against Nupur Sharma, BJP spokesperson in Delhi, for sharing a photo of the 2002 Gujarat riots and claiming it to be taken from Bengal’s Basirhat. Our investigation is on and soon she will be examined,” a senior Kolkata police officer said.

The CM during her recent public meetings hit out at BJP for uploading highly objectionable pictures on social media to create communal disharmony in the state.

“The people of Bengal will not tolerate the fact that some people are turning Facebook into ‘Fakebook’ by posting fake pictures and fake news for their political ends. We respect Facebook, but not any ‘Fakebook’,” she had said.
| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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