Sharing a post on Facebook landed a Class 9 boy in trouble on Monday. The student in Deoband allegedly shared an objectionable post on Prophet Muhammad, for which the police booked him on charges of stirring religious trouble among communities. He will be produced before a juvenile court on Tuesday.
Hundreds of enraged people gathered outside the Deoband police station, demanding the immediate arrest of the boy. At first, the police tried convincing the crowd that the boy had acted out of ignorance, not malice. But unable to convince them, senior officials directed the police to arrest the boy.
“We have arrested the boy and he will be produced before the juvenile court on Tuesday,” said Rajesh Pandey, senior superintendent of police, Saharanpur. He went on to add that the boy shared a very old post that has been doing rounds on social media, causing trouble. The same post had created a problem in Meerut and some other states too.
Police sources said that news of the post spread like wildfire across the town and soon, hundreds of enraged persons gathered outside the police station demanding the boy’s arrest. The crowd finally dispersed when the student was booked by the police.
Meanwhile, markets remained shut as the atmosphere in Deoband was tense.