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Dhule lynching: Maha CM for stronger measures by social media platforms to check rumours

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Chief Minister has said it was "very sad" that five people lost their lives in district only because of rumours and sought stronger measures by platforms to check their spread.

Modern means of communication, he said, are for sharing information and knowledge and should be used judiciously.

In the wake of the lynching of five tribals in district, the initiated a campaign to sensitise people to check the spread of rumours on and to act responsibly, he said.

On July 1, five nomadic tribals were lynched by a mob in Rainpada village, about 100 km from the district headquarters, after rumours on that a gang of child-lifters was active in the area.

"The Dhule incident was very unfortunate. It is very sad that five people lost their lives only because of rumours. We also need more strongers measures to be taken by various platforms of social media (to check the spread of rumours)," told

He appreciated the Central government's direction to to take steps to prevent the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages".

"My appeal to all citizens using social media is that these modern ways of communication are for sharing information and knowledge. All of us need to use these means more sensibly and in a way that benefits society," said.

All the accused in the Dhule lynching incident would be arrested and the case would be fast-tracked, he said.

"The families (of victims) will be paid Rs 10 lakh compensation and will be rehabilitated," he added.

So far, 24 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The police's cyber cell has sent messages to over one crore people across the state asking them not to believe in rumours, of Police (Cyber Crime) Brijesh Singh said.

Superintendents of police and district collectors have issued advertisements in local newspapers asking people not to believe in rumours and instead inform the police about any such thing, he said.

"We conducted awareness programmes on and radio channels," Singh said, adding that the cyber police also created a video and circulated it on groups.

of Police (Cyber Cell) Balsing Rajput said anyone found spreading rumours or fake messages on social media with an aim to create tension among people, communities or religions could face stringent action under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Act.

"If the lynching incident, like the one in Dhule, involves killing, then the accused will be charged with murder under IPC section 302," he said.

If people find any suspicious movement of some persons, they should hand them over to the police, he said.

"The cyber cell police in various districts have been asked to go to villages and hold meetings with locals, prominent people and peace committee members and inform them what they need to do in such situations," Rajput said.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 12:35 IST