MUMBAI: Byculla police on Friday booked six individuals for “outraging spiritual emotions of any class by insulting its faith or spiritual beliefs” by a WhatsApp group. The accused created the group in January, within the identify of a number one political occasion, and mentioned demeaning issues a few group, police stated. It has 104 members.
Whereas no arrests have been made but, police seized three cellphones belonging to the accused, and their statements are being recorded. These named within the FIR embody the group admin.
Nabi Idrisi, a central Mumbai resident, who lodged the grievance underneath part 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, meant to outrage spiritual emotions of any class by insulting its faith or spiritual beliefs), said that he had misplaced his telephone early this yr and approached the telecom firm to get his earlier quantity.
“After I bought the earlier quantity and began utilizing it, I discovered I used to be added to a bunch. Members chat amongst themselves and give you messages filled with hatred towards a group. I discovered it was too harmful for nationwide integrity, peace and brotherhood. I made a decision to strategy police,” stated Idrisi. He added that police have been initially not very cooperative, and the case was registered solely when senior officers intervened.
“We’ve summoned the accused and their cellphones have been seized. We’re probing the case,” stated an IPS officer. The telephones are being examined by investigators and can be despatched to Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory for cyber evaluation.