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Police caution on fake NRC clash clip

Assam police have asked district units to act against those found forwarding on WhatsApp a video and an audio clip, purportedly recorded outside the Northeast but projected as a "police-public clash" following the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens.

By SUMIR KARMAKAR in Guwahati
  • Published 6.08.18
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A person checks his name on the draft NRC in Guwahati 

Guwahati: Assam police have asked district units to act against those found forwarding on WhatsApp a video and an audio clip, purportedly recorded outside the Northeast but projected as a "police-public clash" following the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens.

An advisory to district police units says: "It has come to the notice of the administration that a video from a different state and of a different situation showcasing conflict between police and citizens, and an audio are being circulated in different WhatsApp groups trying to incite the people.

"All group administrators are requested to immediately block the message from being circulated in their groups and inform the local police."

It says WhatsApp group administrators would be held responsible for the spread of such "malicious content".

The purported video shows a mob throwing stones and sticks at a police team while a Hindi-speaking person tries to incite the crowd.

A police officer in Assam said the video was being shared with the false message that "Muslims in Assam who failed to make it to the draft NRC clashed with the police".

"Although a local resident can understand that the video was not recorded in Assam, since there was no clash or conflict after the publication of the draft NRC, spreading such a video can result in confusion among people outside. Some vested interests in our state, who are against the NRC, may also use it to incite people," the officer said.

An advisory shared by the police on social media platforms said: "The administration appeals to all citizens not to give any attention to such fake news and provocative messages."

Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela said the process of informing people about the reasons for their exclusion from the draft would start from August 10 instead of August 7, because he had to be in Delhi to attend the apex court hearing of the NRC case on August 7.