The police in Anand, Gujarat has arrested a man for spreading anti-Muslim hatred on social media by sharing malicious and provocative statements about the Tablighi Jamaat and its congregation, the Times of India reported.
Javed Vohra, a resident of Sojitra, had filed a complaint against one Hardik Dalwadi, alleging he had shared a post on Facebook terming the Tablighi Jamaat’s congregation in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin was a “terrorist act by Muslims to divide the country”. Dalwadi allegedly appealed “all Hindus” to boycott Muslims by not purchasing vegetables and fruits sold by Muslim vendors. The complainant had also stated that the accused’s post also says that Muslims will be spreading COVID-19 infection by spitting in Hindu localities besides urging everyone to share his post on different social media platforms.
Vohra in his complaint said that Dalwadi had violated sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005 at the time of COVID-19 pandemic by instigating sentiments against Muslims through his provocative post.
“We have arrested the accused for allegedly spreading rumours that may lead to panic in the public especially at the time of the pandemic,” TOI quoted Pratapsinh Jadav, police sub-inspector of Sojitra police station as saying.
Since the day, Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin emerged as a coronavirus hotbed after numerous people who attended a Tablighi Jamaat meet in mid-March tested positive for the viral infection, there has been a deluge of hate propaganda created against Muslims on social media as well as mainstream media.