Ushma Ali was picked up from his house in Gandhi Colony by a team from Dhauj police station.
He recently posted a video targeting members of another community, hurling abuses against them and exhorting people to pick up arms. He is the 11th person to have been arrested for hate speech in the aftermath of the violence that broke out in Nuh on July 31 and spread to nearby districts, including Gurgaon, over the next few days.
“The video posted by him threatened to disrupt social harmony,” said an officer who was part of the team that arrested Ushma.
Sube Singh, a spokesperson for Faridabad police, said a team from the Cyber police station was monitoring social media posts that threatened to foment communal tension. “The accused was arrested within 24 hours of posting the video online. He openly calls for violence and hurls abuses. He was produced in court on Friday and remanded in judicial custody,” he added.
Earlier this month, the owner of a salon in Faridabad was arrested for making a similar post. Police in different districts have formed dedicated teams to keep tabs on provocative social media posts. The government has also formed a four-member committee to examine online content.
Hate speech targeting communities and calling for their economic and social boycott have come under the scanner of the authorities, especially after the Nuh clashes. The Supreme Court has also asked state governments to ensure no hate speech is allowed in gatherings across Delhi-NCR.
Despite the scrutiny, speakers at two panchayats in the last two Sundays openly attacked members of a particular community. A lawyer and another member of a right-wing outfit were booked for hate speech.
So far, the police have registered around 160 FIRs across districts in connection with the communal violence and arrested 393 people. For hate speech, three cases have been registered in Faridabad and three persons arrested in the district. In Gurgaon, the cops have registered five cases and arrested two persons for posting incendiary content. At 11, Nuh has had the highest number of cases. But only one person has been arrested so far.