SIT tightens noose around rumour mongers in Dharamsala gang rape hoax

Tightening its noose around the rumour- mongers, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Kangra police on Saturday questioned some youth, who shared unverified information on social networking sites about the Dharamsala gang rape that turned out to be a hoax.
Updated on May 23, 2015 07:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Dharamsala

Tightening its noose around the rumour- mongers, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Kangra police on Saturday questioned some youth, who shared unverified information on social networking sites about the Dharamsala gang rape that turned out to be a hoax.

The youth were taken into protective custody on the bases of posts they shared on facebook and their Call Detail Records (CDR).

"SIT today grilled the some youth who were actively sharing the information about the gang rape incident from day one," said a police source.

All of them are from adjoining area of Dharamsala town. "SIT is likely to summon some more youths in the process of investigations," he added.

Kangra police may also consider registering an FIR under Information Technology (IT) Act after gathering concrete evidences.

"So far, there is no such move. A FIR may be registered under the IT Act once we have enough evidences," said investigating- Officer Shalini Agnihotri.

Meanwhile, a Dharamsala youth Ankur Chaman has lodged a complaint at Dharamsala police station against the persons who shared false information in the case which he say not only tarnished his image but embarrassment to his family.

A travel agent by profession, Chaman alleged that some persons circulated his name as an accused in the case. He also named one person Akash Sood in the complaint.

"My family is going through a trauma since my name was circulated on social media as an accused in the gang rape incident that never happened," alleged Chaman Sood.

"It also tarnished my image and may also affect my business. I seek tough action against those who originated the message on social networking sites containing my name," he added.

Chaman said he was contemplating to file a defamation suit against Akash Sood and others who circulated his name on the social media.

Meanwhile, the SIT also interrogated the complainant woman who had lodged a false complaint about the incident with College Principal.

In a statement issued the SIT said that during interrogation, the complainant woman reveled some belonging to a woman from Kangra who lives in Ghaziabad, Utter Pradesh.

The SIT has verified the numbers it was found that the Ghaziabad woman has nothing to do with the case. The complainant woman had shared the number with the Ghaziabad family during a train journey to Delhi in second week of May.

"It seems to be a move by complainant woman to hamper the investigation," it added.


    Naresh K Thakur is a staff reporter in Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. Based at Dharamshala, he covers Tibetan affairs, local politics and environmental issues.

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