Loni Incident: UP Police Files FIR Against Twitter, Others; Denies Communal Angle

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Ghaziabad Police on Tuesday filed FIR against nine entities, including Twitter India in connection with the Loni incident, in which a man was thrashed and his beard was chopped off.

In the FIR, the Police said, “There is no communal angle to the incident in Loni where a man was thrashed and his beard was chopped off. The following entities — The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr. Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Salman Nizami — without checking the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter and suddenly they started spreading messages to disrupt the peace and bring differences between the religious communities.”

Police further said that Twitter has done nothing to prevent the video from getting viral, and named “Twitter, Twitter Communications India Pvt, The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohamed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Salman Nizami” as accused in the FIR.

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Police in the FIR noted that there is no communal angle in the incident.

“The victim Abdul Samad Sufi and the accused have known each other for a long time. The victim sold a tabeez (amulet) to the key accused with the promise that it will bring him prosperity but he [Parvesh] complained that it had an adverse effect on his family. When the tabeez did not work, the accused got angry and had beaten the victim,” the FIR said.

It further informed that a case in the matter has been filed and Ghaziabad police have arrested the three accused who had trashed the elderly victim.

Recently, a video went viral on social media where six people could be seen trashing an elderly man. The assailants also chopped off the victims’ beard and it was reported that the victim was allegedly made to chant slogans like “Jai Shree Ram” and “Vande Mataram”.

(With ANI Inputs)

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