Days after reports of the burning of two stores and vandalization of a mosque in North Tripura, Tripura Police on Thursday stated that the regulation and order situation in the state is normal, while on the other hand, “fake news” was spread by vested interests.
“Certain persons by using fake social media IDs are spreading fake news or rumors on Tripura. It is informed that law & order situation in the State is absolutely normal”, Tripura Police tweeted from its official handle late evening on Wednesday.
No mosques were burnt!
They also tweeted that zero mosques were burnt at Panisagar in North Tripura.
“During yesterday’s protest rally in Panisagar, North Tripura, no masjid was burnt and the pictures being shared of burning or damaged masjid or collection of sticks, etc are all fake and are not from Tripura. They may be of some countries”, the tweet read.
Tripura Police requests not to spread fake news
Tripura Police have asked people of all communities not to believe in such fake social media IDs and not to spread such fake pictures.
“We have already registered cases and Legal action will be taken against all those spreading fake news and communally sensitive rumours”, the tweet added.
Maintenance of Law and order
While not naming the vested groups, the police, in a separate tweet, stated, “Some vested interests are trying to disturb the peaceful communal situation of Tripura. Tripura Police requests every citizen of Tripura to help it in maintaining law and order and peace in Tripura”.
A few stray incidents of vandalism in Tripura have been reported after Durga Puja pandals and temples in Bangladesh. In protest in opposition to those incidents, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Jagaran Manch amongst different spiritual organizations, have taken out a chain of rallies.
Imposition of Section 144 certain areas
During a number of those protest rallies, police stated a group of miscreants vandalized some houses and stores at Panisagar of North Tripura and damaged parts of a local mosque. While the Hindutva bodies have denied having any position in those incidents, the administration of the state has quickly imposed restrictions under section144 at Panisagar and Dharmanagar regions and deployed safety in sensitive areas. They also additionally organized peace meetings.
A Tripura Police spokesperson informed the media that superintendents of police in all 8 districts of Tripura had been requested to offer security personnel for mosques and organize patrolling in prone regions and regions of the combined population.