The Noida Police apprehended a 16-year-old boy from Lucknow on Friday for allegedly sending a threatening email to a media house, targeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The boy, who hails from Bihar, was picked up from the Chinhat area of the state capital and has been brought to Noida for further legal proceedings.
The threat mail
The private television news group on April 5 informed the Noida Police that it has received an email from an unknown sender who threatened to assassinate PM Modi and UP CM. “This is to bring to your kind attention about the email received by our CFO on April 3 at around 10:23 pm from one Mr. Kartik Singh with an email id “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”email@example.com. As can be seen from this email, the sender has threatened to assassinate the honourable chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and also the honourable prime minister,” the news channel stated in the complaint.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Noida) Rajneesh Verma, an FIR was lodged in connection with the case on April 5 at Sector 20 police station in Noida, and the matter was investigated. Technical teams were also roped in to trace the sender of the email, which contained the threat message. “On the basis of the investigation, the email sender was traced and found in Lucknow’s Chinhat area. The sender turned out to be a schoolboy, who has just completed his Class 11 and will be beginning Class 12 in this session,” Verma said.
FIR filed against the threat mail
The police have filed FIR under the Indian Penal Code sections 153A (1b) (act prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, or likely to disturb public tranquillity), 505 (1b) (act likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquillity), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication).
The boy is being produced in a juvenile court for the threat mail in Noida and further legal proceedings are being carried out, Verma added. The police have not yet released any information about the motive behind the email threat, and it remains unclear if the boy acted alone or if there were others involved in the incident.
In another incident, Two teenage girls from Dumdum have caused outrage after a video of them disrespectfully singing the national anthem went viral on social media. In the video, the girls can be seen singing the Jana Gana Mana with strange facial expressions and burning cigarettes in their hands. The video has sparked outrage in civil society, with many people calling for the girls to be punished for insulting the national anthem and the national flag.
Calcutta High Court lawyer Atreyi Halder has already filed a complaint against the two girls in Lalbazar cybercrime for insulting the national anthem. “I saw the first video on Thursday, April 6,” the lawyer said. “According to him, not only the national anthem but also the national flag has been insulted in the video. No citizen of this country can insult the national flag and national anthem.”
The Kolkata Police have also taken action in response to the complaint. Kolkata Police DC (Cyber) Atul V said, “We received the complaint via e-mail. A letter has been written to Facebook asking for some information. Then the accused will be identified. Legal action may be taken accordingly.”
The incident has also raised questions about the Prevention of Insult to National Honor Act, 1971, which prohibits any kind of ridicule while singing the national anthem. Lawyer Arindam Das said, “According to the constitution, every citizen of the country should respect the national anthem. If someone deliberately alters the national anthem, the lyrics are reversed, and the person can be jailed for up to 3 years.” The cybercrime department has also launched an investigation into the incident, and it has been revealed, one of the girls studied at Dum Dum Road Pregnancy Sponsored High School, while the other is a student of Dumdum Kumar Ashutosh Institution.