Mangaluru, Aug 25, 2016: M Chandra Sekhar, city police commissioner, speaking to media, on Aug 24, Wednesday, emphasised, "We are in the process of charge-sheeting three persons in different cases that took place in April, where the accused spread rumours on social media platform in order to create tension in society,"
The city top cop shared his own experiences where he received several such messages and forwarded to his subordinates which later turned out to be hoax, "This will not happen anymore and anyone doing such mischief will be arrested and booked under sections available under IPC 505. It is easy to retrieve any information sent by user these days by using technology," he warned. He appealed to people to bring such instances to the notice of police personnel. "There is a provision to register suo-moto case against such mischief mongers."
IPC 505, what is it : IPC Section says whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report (b) with intent to cause, or which is 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; or (c) with intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to six to three years or with fine, or with both.
Citizens think carefully before forwarding or sharing derogatory jokes, videos or morphed images of anyone on social media platform with a malicious intent or spread hatred in society. You might be arrested for the same under Section 505 of IPC, Indian Penal Code.