Madhya Pradesh government has taken strong action against the former CM and Congress MP Digvijay Singh for spreading fake news. He had shared a fake photo from his Twitter account claiming to be from MP but later deleted it. Subsequently, taking the cognizance of the matter, FIR has been registered against him under the various penal provision for creating religious enmity among communities.
Stone Pelting on Ram Navami Procession
Like in other parts of India, incidents of stone-pelting by radical Islamists were reported in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. In the riot, several people were injured and the loss of crores of property was reported. A sixteen-year-old, Shivam Shukla, who was part of the procession is in Coma for 5 days. Due to the heavy stone pelting from the Muslim dominated area, he was badly injured and is fighting with life in hospital. Moreover, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Khargone, Siddharth Chaudhary was shot in his leg in the riots and he is hospitalised.
शिवम के बेरहम गुनाहगारों के चेहरे देश के सामने आने चाहिए !
— India News (@IndiaNews_itv) April 14, 2022
Mama in action
After the incidents of riots and stone pelting, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered action against the rioters. Taking the cognizance, the Khargone administration demolished the property of rioters. Further, 44 FIRs have been registered & 148 accused have been arrested.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan has warned of further action against the rioters, he said “Those who have burned the houses of poor, will be booked and all the damages will be recovered from them.” Giving assurance to victims he said those whose houses burnt will be rebuilt by the government.
आप सारे त्यौहार धूमधाम उत्साह के साथ भाईचारे के साथ मनाया हनुमान जयंती, गुड फ्राइडे, ईद सभी प्रेम के साथ मनाएं।
सरकार सबके साथ है।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 14, 2022
Action against Digvijay Singh for spreading fake news
Adding fuel to the incident, Digvijay Singh tried to take the political mileage of the sensitive situation. In order to criticize the government, he shared a fake photo claiming to be from MP and later deleted the photo after the outrage on social media.
MP police in the regard have registered half a dozen of FIR against the former CM in Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Narmadapuram and Satna. FIR under section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), section 465 (Punishment for forgery) and section 505(2) (punishment for offences related to religious worship or ceremonies) have been registered.
MP | An FIR registered against former chief minister& Cong leader Digvijaya Singh u/s 153-A, 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 465, and 505(2) of IPC over his recent tweet. pic.twitter.com/4QYm5tjBNJ
— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) April 12, 2022
MP government action in this regard is commendable. No one should be allowed to take the political benefit of a critical situation. Sharing such non-verifiable information and photographs further incites the communities which result in the loss of invaluable life and property. His irresponsible behaviour can further incite the violence.
Congress MP should refrain from sharing such fake photographs and creating a communal divide. Congress’s habit of playing politics on dead bodies should not be allowed and strict action must be taken against those who try to disturb the peace & tranquillity.