On Wednesday, police arrested a 25-year-old man in Baghpat which was the source of sharing “anti-national messages” over a WhatsApp group. Police have reported that the 25-year-old was the administrator of the WhatsApp group in which “anti-national messages” were being shared.

Police registered the FIR against Naeem age 25 after a complaint was filed against him by the vice-president of the Hindu Jagran Manch’s district unit, Deepak Bamnauli. Deepak complained about Naeem at Doghat police station where the police department registered the FIR against him.

Police on addressing the news reporters informed that the group which was being administered by Naeem has 30 Muslim youths from Baghpat as the participants of the groups and were the source of sharing “anti-national messages”. Apart from this, the group had some Pakistan-based” numbers too. Police also conveyed that the group was the only source of creating messages for disrespecting the national flag and symbol. These messages were then shared on the group, police added.

“After going through the objectionable posts on the WhatsApp group, I met Baghpat SP Shailesh Pandey and requested him to probe the issue as regular posts were leading to resentment in the Hindu community in Baghpat. He directed the Doghat police to lodge the FIR and within four hours, Naeem who runs a Jan Sewa Kendra in Palda village was arrested,” Bamnauli said.

“Naeem was arrested from his residence under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, as well as Section 66 of the IT (Amendment) Act,” said Chitwan Kumar, in-charge of Doghat police station.