Police in Uttarakhand will now scrutinise social media behaviour of those putting “anti-national” posts on such sites and may not clear verification for passport or arms licence if they are found to doing it habitually.
According to a report by Hindustan Times the same was said by state director general of police Ashok Kumar/
Till now, in case a person was putting anti-national posts or fake news on social media, the police used to counsel him and ask him not to repeat it in future. A case was registered only if it was a very serious case,” Kumar said.
“From now onwards, the police will scrutinise the accused’s social media behaviour to check if he is habitually putting such anti-national posts. If it is found so, then the police would mention it in his/her police verification and may not clear in his application for passport or arms license,” he said on the concluding day of state police officers
“The decision was taken as there has been an increase in people putting anti-national posts on social media in the state,” another police officer privy to the development was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“The social media monitoring team has been keeping a strict eye to track down such people. It was found that the number of such posts on social media platforms has increased, which is a clear threat to law and order,” the officer said.