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Delhi BJP leader accused of posting Gujarat riot photos as those of Basirhat violence

Nupur Sharma, a BJP spokesperson in Delhi, is accused of sharing on social media a photo of the 2002 Gujarat riots and claiming it to be an image captured during the communal violence at West Bengal’s Basirhat.

kolkata Updated: Jul 11, 2017 00:17 IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata
BJP leader Nupur Sharma has been accused of posting fake photos on social media. (PTI Photo)
BJP leader Nupur Sharma has been accused of posting fake photos on social media. (PTI Photo)

Kolkata Police on Monday registered two non-bailable cases against Nupur Sharma, a BJP spokesperson in Delhi, for sharing on social media a photo of the 2002 Gujarat riots and claiming it to be an image captured during the communal violence at West Bengal’s Basirhat last week.

The cases were registered at Gariahat and Regent Park police stations under five sections of the Indian Penal Code. “Both police stations received complaints from citizens,” said a senior police official.

On Sunday, a Hindu man was arrested from Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district by the Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police for posting a still photo from a Bhojpuri movie and passing it off as an image captured at Baduria in North 24 Parganas. The photo showed a group of men (actually actors) trying to molest a woman (an actress). This photo, too, was shared by several BJP leaders.

On Saturday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee ordered a judicial inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Calcutta high court over such ”fake news”.

“The purpose of this inquiry is to identify those who instigated the violence and spread fake news on social media, using clippings and stills from a movie and of violence that took place in other places, even Comilla in Bangladesh,” Banerjee said.