Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)
Mangaluru, Apr 17: Following circulation of fake messages on the health of Ahmed Qureshi, accused in attempt-to-murder cases who was allegedly tortured in police custody, the police on Monday April 17 said that stringent action would be taken against those responsible within two days.
Addressing a press meet here, police commissioner Chandra Sekhar said, "This morning we held a meeting regarding Ahmed Qureshi. There are some trouble-mongering miscreants circulating certain messages through WhatsApp and other social media claiming Ahmed Qureshi is in a critical condition. Qureshi is doing well and is in a stable condition, and we are in frequent contact with the hospital authorities.
"But fake message are being spread which could lead to disturbance of law and order. We have gathered information from our intelligence about who circulated the messages, and based on the information, we have will take stringent action against such trouble makers in two days. They will be booked under section 505 (2) and 153 of the IPC, and Section 66 of the IT Act.
"The hospital has given reports on Qureshi and we will produced the same in the court. There are some vested interests who want to disturb law and order. Within two days, we will take action against rumour mongers," he said.
"There are some miscreants who are taking advantage of this situation. We have heard they have even issued threats to good citizens who are trying to protect the truth. We will give necessary protection to them.
"There is a demand for CID inquiry to the alleged harassment of Qureshi. We will submit all the reports that we have," he added.
Urging the media to handle the case responsibly, the police commissioner said, "So far, the media has been impartial in this issue. Media needs to be responsible while reporting as things can go wrong very quickly."
DCP Sanjeeva Patil was present.