UP cops serve legal notice to Twitter India head over Ghaziabad assault video, say reports
New Delhi/IBNS: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday served a legal notice to Twitter India head for allegedly provoking communal unrest through a video, where a Muslim man was allegedly seen assaulted in Ghaziabad, media reports said.
Twitter India's Managing Director Manish Maheshwari has been asked to report to a police station at Loni border near Delhi and get his statement recorded within seven days.
As it was reported, an elderly Muslim man, named Abdul Samad, was allegedly assaulted by a group of young men, who also cut his beard and forced him to chant "Jay Shri Ram" and "Vande Mataram", while he was on his way to to a mosque to offer his prayers.
According to several media reports, one of the attackers, a young man in white full sleeve t-shirt and blue sweatpants, threatened the victim with a knife which he also used to chop off his beard.
Police have turned down any communal angle to the incident, stating the old man was attacked both by Muslim and Hindu men as they were upset over amulets they had purchased from him.
Senior police superintendent, Ghaziabad, Amit Pathak said Samad did not mention that he was forced to chant Jai Shree Ram or chop off his beard in the FIR registered on Jun 7.
The legal notice was served a day after it was learnt that Maheshwari was questioned by a team of Delhi Police in Bengaluru on May 31 over the "Congress toolkit".
In the same week last month, two Delhi Police teams had visited Twitter India's offices after serving notice to the microblogging site in a row over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sambit Patra's tweet on an alleged "Congress toolkit" being marked as "manipulated media".
According to the police, they went to Twitter India's offices in south Delhi and at Gurgaon to hand the notice to the officials in person after finding the social media giant's replies "ambiguous".
The row involves BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra's tweet on May 18, shared by several leaders of the ruling party, with screenshots of what he called a "Congress toolkit" allegedly aimed at discrediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the government's handling of Covid situation.