Bihar police recipe to reform ‘pro-Pak’ youth: Sing national anthem, salute flag on I-day!
Found to have posted anti-India and pro-Pakistan material on social networking site Facebook, Dilnawaz Alam has been given an opportunity to ‘repent’ for his misconduct by sprucing up a police station for I-day.Updated: Aug 13, 2017 18:33 IST
The police administration in Sheohar district of north Bihar is trying out a new experiment to ‘reform’ a radicalized Muslim youth, who has been found to have posted anti-India and pro-Pakistan material on social networking site Facebook.
The youth, Dilnawaz Alam, has been given an opportunity to ‘repent’ for his misconduct by sprucing up the Piprahi police station campus in Sheohar, about 125 km north west of state capital, Patna, through physical labour and preparing it for Independence day celebration on August 15.
“Besides, he has undertaken to participate in the I-day function with suitable fervor by putting up the national flag on the mast, salute it during its unfurling and join others in singing the national anthem, on Tuesday”, said an official.
Alam, 22, was caught on Friday by a Sheohar police team led by district superintendent of police (SP) Prakash Nath Mishra, after some residents of the district complained about his anti-India posts. He had allegedly posted his own photos with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif (since replaced) and some anti-India terrorists.
Alam was taken to the Piprahi police station and was being booked under relevant sections of the law pertaining to anti-national activity, when it was found that his father, Sheikh Bhola, was a serving home guard jawan.
Officials said Bhola pleaded on behalf of his son, undertaking to ensure he was reformed and never again indulged in activity detrimental to the interest of the country. Alam also offered to do penance. It was then that the police administration decided to give Dilnawaz another chance.
As such, Alam, who hails from Masaurha village in Sheohar district, close to the border of east Champaran, is sweating out washing the building of police station and clearing the bushes in the premises to accomplish the task he was assigned.
“Alam was arrested on the charge of posting objectionable content favouring Pakistan. He was asked to show his involvement in independence day preparations when he promised to mend his thoughts and ways”, said the Sheohar SP.
Alam, he said, had been asked to be present at the Piprahi police station during other national festivals, as well.
Mishra said it was important to inculcate a sense of patriotism among youth, especially those residing in ‘sensitive’ districts of Bihar bordering Nepal, through counselling and creating a sense of awareness. Parents were advised to keep a close watch on their wards, he added.
First Published: Aug 13, 2017 18:33 IST