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Alarmed Over Hate Messages After Delhi Riots, Kejriwal Govt May Soon Launch WhatsApp Helpline

The Government Will Make An Appeal To People To Not Forward Any Such Message Because Forwarding Any Material Which Causes Enmity Amongst Communities Is A Crime.

Agencies | Updated on: 29 Feb 2020, 12:57:15 PM
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Security personnel are also urging residents to not pay attention to rumours on social media and report them to the police. (Photo Credit: Reuters Photo)

New Delhi :

The Delhi government is considering to issue a WhatsApp number on which people can complain about hate messages being circulated on the instant messaging app in wake of the riots that claimed 42 lives in northeast Delhi, sources said on Saturday. They said the government will make an appeal to people to not forward any such message because forwarding any material which causes enmity amongst communities is a crime. The move is aimed at dealing with rumours on social media.

"If anyone receives any such material, he can immediately make a complaint to Delhi government stating the name and number of the person who forwarded that message," a source told PTI. The government is considering to issue a WhatsApp number on which such complaints could be made.

An official will screen all the complaints made and genuine complaints would then be forwarded to police for necessary action, the sources said.

 

Meanwhile, the situation in northeast Delhi was peaceful Saturday morning with residents gradually coming to terms with the damage in communal riots in the area earlier this week. Security personnel have been conducting flag marches and holding regular consultations with locals to assuage their fears. They are also urging residents to not pay attention to rumours on social media and report them to the police.

Relatives of riot victims continued to wait outside the mortuary at GTB Hospital to receive bodies. The violence in Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar, Bhajan Pura, Yamuna Vihar areas of northeast Delhi has claimed at least 42 lives and left over 200 injured. A large number of properties have been damaged. Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel.  

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First Published : 29 Feb 2020, 12:36:10 PM