Hathras case: Uttar Pradesh Police registers FIR against unidentified persons for inciting caste-based conflict, sedition charge included
The first information report filed at the Chandpa Police Station on Sunday afternoon mentions 19 charges under the IPC and also invokes section 67 of the IT Act
Hathras: The Hathras Police have lodged an FIR against "unknown" persons for alleged attempts to trigger caste-based conflict and invoked serious charges, including sedition, officials said on Monday.
The development comes amid an undying controversy over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman after she was allegedly gangraped, and continuous protests and visits to her village by political leaders and activists.
The first information report (FIR) was lodged at the Chandpa police station on Sunday afternoon and names unknown persons as accused, according to police officials.
The FIR mentions 19 charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The IPC sections include 124A (sedition), 505 (intending to cause public alarm and inducing someone to commit offence against a state or public tranquility), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups).
The police have also invoked section 67 (transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act, according to the FIR.
The UP government's statements and facts related to the Hathras case are being forged, manipulated and circulated through social media. Misleading content is being shared with forged logos of media houses, a police officer told PTI.
Some accused are circulating material that could trigger caste-based conflict and these are serious offences considering the current situation in the region, the officer said, adding the investigation is underway.
According to local officials, the Hathras police have so far registered around a dozen complaints under the IT Act related to the Dalit girl's case and they are being probed by the Cyber Cell.
The Dalit teen had died of grievous injuries in a Delhi hospital on 29 September, a fortnight after she was allegedly raped at her village by four upper-caste men.
She was cremated in the early hours of 30 September. While the family claimed the cremation was carried out against their wishes, the police said the last rights in the dead of the night were held "as per the wishes of the family".
The incidents have triggered a massive outrage across the country, bringing severe flak for the government of UP which has now recommended a CBI probe into the case.
As the Supreme Court put on hold the application of sedition law, Rijiju invoked 'Lakshman Rekha' guiding different institutions, including the Executive and the Judiciary, and said no one should cross their 'boundary'
While temporarily suspending the colonial-era sedition law, the Supreme Court said that those already booked under Section 124A of the IPC and are in jail can approach the courts for bail
From the Aseem Trivedi case of 2012 to the Rana couple incident of 2022, different parties have used the contentious legislation and defended it, despite opposition from other corners