A 22-year-old Muslim residing in Bihar has been arrested for posting pro-Pakistan material on Facebook.
The police in Bihar are trying to ‘reform’ Dilnawaz Alam for his posts by imposing physical labour and preparing for India’s Independence Day celebration on August 15. He was arrested after residents of his district complained about his Facebook posts being anti-Indian.
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He had also posed pictures of himself with former PM Nawaz Sharif and other personalities. Alam was taken to the Piprahi police station and was being booked under relevant sections of the law pertaining to anti-national activity, when it was found that his father, Sheikh Bhola, was a serving home guard jawan.
Officials also stated that Bhola pleaded on behalf of his son, and ensured that he was reformed and would not indulge in activities detrimental to the country. Alam also offered to do penance.
Alam, who hails from Masaurha village in Sheohar district, close to the border of east Champaran, is sweating it out washing the police station building and clearing the bushes in the premises to accomplish the task he was assigned.
As can be seen, the result of posting pro-Pakistan content on social networking websites in India results in clearing bushes and washing local buildings.
“Alam was arrested on the charge of posting objectionable content favouring Pakistan. He was asked to show his involvement in independence day preparations when he promised to mend his thoughts and ways”, said the Sheohar SP. He also stated that it is important to “inculcate a sense of patriotism” among the youth.
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This can be done through counseling and creating awareness amongst them, he added. However, it can be observed that those who post in favour of Pakistan are not seen as assets to the country, but rather as dangerous or detrimental.
This story originally appeared in The Hindustan Times.
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