In connection with the Loni viral video case, the Ghaziabad Police have issued notifications to nine people, including journalists. The suspects have been summoned to the police station for interrogation. It is stated in the 41A notification that if the accused continues to follow the police’s instruction, no arrest will be made.
Three days ago, a notice was delivered to Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari, according to police.
“The clarifications given by the company are not justified. As per our knowledge, the Twitter MD is the representative of the social media organization and he is bound to participate in the probe. The said official holds the power of taking action on tweets that impact the social fabric of the country. The tweets made on the platform fuelled animosity among sections of society and created an atmosphere of tension between communities. The organization did not succeed in stopping such tweets despite Ghaziabad Police stating on its Twitter handle that the news was fake. The representative has to appear before the police in the absence of which action can be initiated,” read the order issued by Loni Border Police officials.
The Ghaziabad Police have sent notification to Twitter India Communication director Chatur along with Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari in addition to other media firms.
50 tweets related to the incident have been blocked by Twitter India. Access to tweets relating to the video depicting Abdul Samad Saifi’s alleged attack and his beard being chopped off has been denied, according to Twitter authorities.
Journalists Saba Naqvi, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Congress spokeswoman Shama Mohamed, and Congress leaders Maskoor Usmani and Salman Nizami are among those implicated in the case.
They were charged under sections 153 (rioting provocation), 153A (promoting enmity between different communities), 295A (acts designed to incite religious sentiments), 505 (mischief), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
“As explained in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in response to a valid legal demand or when the content has been found to violate local law(s). The withholdings are limited to the specific jurisdiction/country where the content is determined to be illegal. We notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available,” Twitter said in a statement.