Satpuli Communal Violence: Minor Sent to Juvenile Home for 14 Days

Uttarakhand: The juvenile board at Pauri Garhwal has sent the 16-year-old boy to Juvenile home, whose allegedly offensive Facebook post triggered communal violence in Uttarakhand’s Satpuli town on Monday.

The minor was held by the police on Sunday evening and was produced before the juvenile board. The board decided to send the minor to juvenile home for 14 days.

No overnight violence was reported from Satpuli, and the town is now trying to recover from the communal tension.

“The police have been deployed in the town and so far the situation is under control. The minor was held last evening and was produced before the juvenile board which has sent him to juvenile home for 14 days” Jagat Ram Joshi, superintendent of police, Pauri Garhwal, told Hindustan Times.

Earlier on Sunday morning, communal tension gripped the small town of Satpuli. A Facebook post from the minor boy triggered communal violence in the quaint town of Satpuli, located about 150 km the state capital Dehradun. According to state police, the 16-year-old minor boy had allegedly posted offensive material on Facebook. The shop belonging to the family of this boy was later vandalized by members of a religious group.

Police force has been deployed in the town. Police reinforcements were sent from Kotdwar. Police has warned social media users to refrain from spreading inflammatory message on the social networking websites.

Satpuli has no prior history of communal tension. Only five Muslim families live in the town.

One local resident of the town has filed police complaint under Section 295 (a) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act.