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Delhi Assembly Panel Received 7500 Complaints Against Rumour-Mongering After Riots

 Security forces patrol a street in New Delhi after the riots in February. (Reuters)

Security forces patrol a street in New Delhi after the riots in February. (Reuters)

Committee chairman Raghav Chadha said two complainants were summoned and their submissions were heard at length, adding that after preliminary enquiry and their statements, a fit case for FIR was made out.

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly Committee for Peace and Harmony has received over 7,500 complaints against rumour-mongering following the recent communal violence in northeast Delhi.

Recently, the panel had issued WhatsApp and e-mail helpline for reporting about rumour-mongering on social media.

Talking to reporters, committee chairman Raghav Chadha said that 7,732 complaints have been received and out of which 2,110 complaints have been screened.

"504 complaints were found to be inflammatory, provocative and incriminating in nature. We are examining all these complaints on a mission mode," Chadha said.

The committee also summoned two complainants and heard their submissions at length, he said, adding that after preliminary enquiry and their statements, a fit case for FIR was made out.

"Both the complainants also assured their support during the judicial process. The committee will meet more complainants in due course," Chadha also said.

Until a few days ago, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj headed the Delhi Assembly Committee for Peace and Harmony.

According to an official, Chadha was appointed as the chairman of the committee and Bharadwaj was made a member.

"The committee has decided that in the coming time, we will meet all the complainants and alleged offenders of the complaints containing hate contents.

"We assure that it is our responsibility to take every complaint to its logical conclusion. The committee will ensure strong action against the offenders who spread such inflammatory messages," the newly-appointed chairman said.

Delhi witnessed communal violence in February-end in which over 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured.