Unnao case: Eight booked for spreading ‘false information’

New Delhi: The Unnao police filed an FIR against six people and two news portals for allegedly tweeting false information in connection with the death of two teenage girls.

In a press release, the police identified the accused as Nilim Dutta, Abhay Kumar Azad, Suraj Kumar Baudh, Rahul Kumar Diwakar, Nawab Satpal Tanvar and Vijay Ambedkar, along with two news portals.

Earlier, on Saturday, former MP and Congress leader, Udit Raj, had been booked by Unnao police for allegedly spreading misinformation through his tweet.

Unnao police claimed that the users of these eight twitter handles had tweeted that the two minor girls, who were found dead in the fields, were sexually assaulted and that their last rites were performed against the wish of their families.

The Twitter users have been booked under charges of spreading rumours with the intention of causing riots and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.

“These individuals claimed that the girls were raped, and their last rites were performed against the will of their family members. This information is false. The post-mortem report has shown that the girls were not raped. Further, their last rites were performed by their family.”

Three girls were found in a field with their hands tied on February 17. Two later died of poisoning, while another is undergoing treatment.