Police have started a probe against false information of a BJP worker’s gang rape in Birbhum’s Nanoor after the purported incident was mentioned by several party leaders, including MP Soumitra Khan and MLA Agnimitra Paul, in social media and widely circulated through the Twitter handle of Bengal BJP on Tuesday.
Khan, the president of the Yuva Morcha, posted a picture of a woman without her face in his Twitter handle and claimed the BJP karyakarta had been gang raped by Trinamul goons at Nanoor.
“BJP karyakarta who has been gang-raped by TMC goons at Nanoor, Birbhum. We are also getting distressing reports of rape and molestation from Pakurhansh, Nanoor,” the tweet that tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah read. The Bengal BJP official twitter handle also shared the tweet. The same post was shared by Paul on social media platforms.
After the post went viral in social media and attracted many comments, Birbhum police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said a probe had started to find whether the incident had happened.
“We immediately started an investigation and spoke to Tarakeshwar Saha, the BJP candidate from Nanoor, and many others in the area to know whether any such reports were there. Finally, we came to know that it was fake news and done with an intention to spread violence and unrest in the area.”
BJP district president Dhruba Saha, however, said: “A few party workers and media cell (reads IT cell) members told us about the incident. Now, there is no law and order problem here. So, the woman was refuting what happened to her. Thousands of homes have been ransacked and women attacked.”