7 people arrested for spreading Islamophobic posts

A message that went viral as it were called for the social and economic boycott of Muslims. The message accused Tablighis of gathering 2,500 Covid-positive Muslims and sending them across the country to spread the disease. It warned people from purchasing vegetables or fruits from the minorities “as they are carrying out jihad of spreading coronavirus” and to spread the message across. The state government has now filed cases and arrested seven persons for these hate messages. The police said the accused, some also booked under the Disaster Management Act, are residents of Navsari Jamnagar, Amreli, Anand and Kutch districts. Their ages vary from 27 to 70 years. The Indian Express, quoting official sources reported, “In Amreli Riken Singhav, a 27-year-old employee of a private firm, was arrested. Om Navsari, the accused have been identified as Umakant Rathod(50) and Ratilal patel (70).” The newspaper further reported, “Both were released on bail on Friday. The others who have been arrested are Paras Vala (39), a driver and Jayanti Giri (51) a businessman, in Jamnagar.”

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Private Residence
Number of victims 0 Identity of victim Muslims
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Date of incident: April 01, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Economic boycott
  • Hate Speech / Slander
  • Social boycott
  • Causal factors
  • Manufactured Rumour
  • Name of the victim : Muslim Community
    Name of Perpetrator Amreli Riken Singhav, Umakant Rathod, Ratilal patel, Paras Vala, Jayanti Giri and two others
    State Gujarat
    District/City Jaamnagar
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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