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Indian origin man in UK provoked ethnic violence in Manipur; FIR filed: Report
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Indian origin man in UK provoked ethnic violence in Manipur; FIR filed: Report

| @indiablooms | 30 Jun 2024, 11:00 pm

Imphal: An Indian origin man, teaching at a university in the UK, has been accused of provoking violence in Manipur through his online messages and talks on a social media platform, media reported citing a police complaint filed in Imphal, the state capital.

The complaint suggests that the accused might have connections with Khalistani elements in Canada, NDTV reported.

The first information report (FIR), lodged by a local resident, claims that Uday Reddy, a Computer Science professor at the University of Birmingham, has been using online platforms to stir up religious tensions between communities in Manipur.

"The accused person deliberately with malicious intention insulted the Meitei's religious beliefs and promoted enmity between the Meiteis and other communities on religious ground," the complainant said in the FIR filed with a police station in Imphal East district, according to the report.

The complainant reported that Reddy has been hosting audio discussions on social media, directing people in Manipur how to cause trouble for law enforcement personnel in the region.

A notice on Reddy's profile page on X shows the account has been "withheld in India in response to a legal demand."

X policy states that such action is usually taken on a court order.

"The unlawful activities of the accused person and his associates amount to anti-national activities that challenge the integrity and sovereignty of India, and is fit to be dealt with under the relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act," the complainant said in the FIR, according to the NDTV report.

"As there is a high possibility of the accused being linked with Khalistanis in Canada... and with narco-terrorist groups... the call records of the accused, financial activities... may kindly be investigated," the FIR said.

The complainant urged the Indian authorities to contact Reddy’s workplace, informing them about the "criminal acts committed by him against India", A lookout circular (LOC) should be issued to track his entry and exit points in India.

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