Guwahati – Supporting Taliban on social media in India landed 14 people in jail in the northeastern state of Assam on Saturday, officials said.
Assam Police’s Cyber Cell has kept its radar active to track any activity within the state that’s taking place in support of Taliban who took control of Afghanistan after 20 years. Eventually, they tracked 14 social media accounts who were directly and indirectly showing support to the extremist organization.
A senior police officer said, “A total of 14 people have been arrested so far in 11 districts of Assam, which includes one MBBS student of Hailakandi, studying in Tezpur Medical college, and two others”.
He added, “While some directly supported Taliban, some of them criticized India and the national media for not supporting Taliban. This could create communal tensions”.
The Special Branch (SB) of Assam police is overseeing the whole operation.
Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah said the Assam Police is taking stern legal action without any compromise against the pro-Taliban comments on social media that are harmful to India’s national security.
She tweeted, “Assam Police taking stern legal action against pro Taliban comments in the social media platform that are harmful to the National Security. We’re registering criminal cases against such persons. Please inform the police if any such thing comes to your notice”.
Police said that they found around 17-20 social media accounts posting and backing Taliban and their terrorist actions in Afghanistan.
The pro-Taliban posts were made from 11 districts in the state, while three other profiles belong to the people of Assam settled in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and in India’s metropolitan state of Mumbai.
According to the Police, the information of these three persons are extracted and will be forwarded to the Intelligence Bureau.
Taliban’s captured power in Afghanistan after overthrowing the internationally recognized government of Ashraf Ghani. The Biden administration is blamed for the mismanagement of the departure of the American forces after leaving a huge cache of modern weaponry in the hands of Taliban.