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Ayodhya Verdict: 77 people under arrest by UP Police for sharing objectionable content on social media

UP police had earlier informed that apart from large-scale personnel deployment on the ground to avoid riots, they have made dedicated cyber cells to curb rumour-mongering and violence incitement over the Ayodhya verdict.

In the aftermath of the historic judgment of the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, the Uttar Pradesh police have made 77 arrests for sharing objectionable content over various social media websites. So far, the police have registered 34 cases against the offenders for uploading inflammatory posts and actions have been taken against 8275 social media posts.

According to the statement released by the Uttar Pradesh Police, 22 cases and 40 people were arrested on Sunday for trying to vitiate the communal harmony of the country through their provocative posts.

Several social media users were asked to remove the inflammatory content and those who did not comply with the police directive, their accounts were suspended. Majority of the objectionable posts were reported on Twitter with 2869 followed by Facebook with 1355 posts. Along with this, 98 videos uploaded on the streaming platform YouTube were also reported.

The UP Police is making repeated appeals to the social media users, asking them to refrain themselves from sharing any controversial posts on the matter. Fearing communal disruption,  the DGP of Uttar Pradesh, OP Singh, had earlier declared that those found posting offensive content on social media platforms will be dealt strictly and that National Security Act (NSA) could also be applied on them.

Prior to the judgment, the UP Police had issued advisory asking people to behave responsibly on social media and desist from sharing rumours, communally sensitive and hateful content on the websites. The police had then warned that necessary action will be initiated against those who are found to flout their directives.

Read: Ayodhya police issue circular, dismiss snooping, call recording rumours ahead of Ram Janmabhoomi verdict

On Saturday, the Supreme Court passed a verdict in the long-drawn-out Ayodhya dispute, handing over the disputed land to the central government and directing them to form a trust to start the construction of the Ram Temple over it. The apex court also asked the centre to allocate a 5-acres land to the Muslim side on which they can build a mosque.

The large-scale police deployment, vigil over social media and alertness of the UP Police has achieved remarkable results as no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the state despite the deep-rooted communal and political nature of the case.

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