Communal tension gripped Garhwal district's Satpuli town in Uttarakhand as clashes broke out between two groups over a social media post. The upheaval was caused in the town after a minor boy allegedly posted an 'offensive' picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.
As the tension spread, some organisations allegedly vandalised a vegetable shop belonging to the family of the boy. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and District Magistrate (DM) rushed to the spot in order to control the situation. Reinforcements were also sent from nearby Kotdwar city and district headquarter Pauri as the police said that they have zeroed in on the minor boy who is accused of sharing the post.
Satpuli, a quaint town some 150kms from the Uttarakhand's capital Dehradun has no history of communal tension in the past. “Four to five Muslim families have been living in the town for long without any incident of communal violence,” the SP said.
However, in June some boys were booked in Mussoorie for allegedly raising anti-India slogan after Pakistan trounced India in the ICC Championship. In a similar incident, riots occurred in West Bengal's Basirhat regarding a Facebook post. The central government even sent BSF personnel in order to control the situation.