The Criminal Investigation Department on Wednesday arrested the Bharatiya Janata Party’s information technology cell secretary from Asansol, West Bengal, for sharing allegedly fake content that was communally sensitive on social media.
The CID West Bengal confirmed Tarun Sengupta’s arrest on Twitter saying he had shared content that created “communal disharmony”.
The charges against him were filed at Suri police station in Birbhum district. Sengupta is the third person since Sunday to have faced action for posting fake images and videos.
On Monday, the Kolkata Police had filed a non-bailable case against BJP’s spokesperson Nupur Sharma for sharing a photo from the 2002 Gujarat riots as one depicting the ongoing unrest in West Bengal.
On Saturday, the Kolkata Police had arrested a 38-year-old man for sharing an image from a Bhojpuri film on social media, which he had claimed depicted what was truly happening in North 24 Parganas. Vijeta Malik, an official of the BJP’s Haryana unit, was among those who shared the image on social media, targeting the West Bengal government.
Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this story erroneously said fake image instead of video in the headline.