Forming a WhatsApp group to register protest against launch of Agnipath scheme for recruitment in Indian Army and also loading objectionable remarks by circulating photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has landed half a dozen youths in trouble as the local police in Sitapur registered a case and arrested them on Wednesday.
Reports said that the youths created a WhatsApp group ‘Indian Army Uttar Pradesh’ and posted comments on the group and spread rumours of ruckus in Sitapur district and in Bakshi-ka-Talab in Lucknow with the aim of opposing the Agnipath scheme.
They also posted objectionable photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and made objectionable remarks against them.
The cops of city Kotwali police station in Sitapur took cognisance of this WhatsApp group with the help of cyber cell and registered a case against all members of the group, including the group administrator of the Indian Army Uttar Pradesh group.
The police registered a case against these six accused under sections 153A, 505 (1), 504,506,67 of the Indian Penal Code and arrested them by conducting raids at their houses late on Tuesday night.
The police arrested Yogendra Yadav, group administrator of the WhatsApp group, Ayush Maurya, a resident of Kotwa Bakshi Talab, Bhanu Yadav, a resident of Vikramnagar, Lucknow, Deepak Singh, a resident of Janki Nagar, Ataria, Radhavendra Baghel, a resident of Lalpur, Ramkot, and Abdul Latif, a resident of Sureshpur village of Manpur.
Inspector Kotwali,Tej Prakash Singh, said that on Wednesday all the accused were sent to jail and legal proceedings had been initiated against them.
Meanwhile in Saharanpur, six people accused of cow slaughter were arrested after an encounter, the police said on Wednesday.
Police recovered slaughtered cattle, butchering tools, a country-made pistol along with a few live cartridges from the possession of the accused.
Those arrested were identified as Akram, Shehzad, Imran, Akbar, Israr and Arshad. Two other accused are absconding.
Superintendent of Police (City) Rajesh Kumar said, "Acting on an intelligence input, our team raided a house under the Deoband police station limits. Eight people were found to be involved in cow slaughter there. Six of them have been arrested."