Assam police has arrested 14 people for their alleged pro-Taliban posts on social networking site Facebook.

Assam Police Special DGP said GP Singh said that police arrested 14 persons for objectionable social media posts regarding Taliban activities that have attracted provisions of law of the land.

They have been arrested from Darrang, Kamrup (R), Cachar, Barpeta, Dhubri, Hailakandi, South Salmara, Hojai, Goalpara and Karimganj districts.

The arrested people have been identified as Maulana Fazul Karim, 49, Abu Bakkar Sidique alias Afga Khan Avilekh, 55,  Saidul Hoque, 29, Jawed Mazumder,  Mozidul Islam, 25,  Faruk Hussain Khan, 32, Saiyad Ahmed, 27, Arman Hussain, 25, Nadim Akhtar, 23, Khandakar Nur Alom, Maulana Yaseen Khan, 26, Maulana Basiruddin Laskar, 65, Mujib Uddin and Mortuza Hussain Khan.

The arrested persons allegedly made pro-Taliban posts on Facebook and commented on the ongoing developments in Afghanistan shared by different Facebook users.

They allegedly praised the Taliban administration after it taken over Kabul.

Our Dhubri correspondent adds:

Dhubri Police arrested two youths for social media posts supporting the Taliban.

Dhubri superintendent of police Abhijit Gaurav on Saturday said, “Two persons have so far been arrested and further investigation is on.”

The Dhubri SP, however, refused to divulge more details about the arrested persons and said a high-level investigation is on regarding the matter and its details will be shared later.

Meanwhile, police sources said one person was arrested from Dhubri while another person was arrested from Guwahati, who has been brought to Dhubri for further investigation.

“Police are closely monitoring the social media for inflammatory posts and stern lawful action would be taken against all concerned persons for pro-Taliban comments on social media that are harmful to national security,” the Dhubri SP said.

Our Mangaldai correspondent adds: Darrang Police on Saturday arrested one Fajlul Karim Qasimi (49), a resident of ward no 2 at Mangaldai on charges of sedition and pro-Taliban posts on Facebook.

He is reportedly a senior leader of AIUDF and Jamiat.

Darrang Police arrests Jamiat leader
Fajlul Karim Qasimi

“The accused recently made some objectionable posts on Facebook supporting Taliban which has created threats to the sovereignty and unity of the country and also invite possibilities of breach of trusts between two different religions residing in the country,” said Mosco Saikia, officer-in-charge of Mangaldai PS, told Northeast Now.

A case (No.410/21) was registered under different sections of the IPC against the accused and he was remanded to judicial custody.

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