Ayodhya verdict: 10 held for provocative behaviour in MP

Ayodhya verdict: 10 held for provocative behaviour in MP (Eds: Updates number of arrests) Gwalior/Seoni (MP), Nov 10 (PTI) Eight people werearrested in Seoni and two in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh forposting objectionable messages on social media and burstingcrackers after Supreme Court's Aypodhya verdict, police saidon Sunday.

In Gwalior, Dinesh Singh Chauhan (27) was arrestedon Saturday night after his objectionable Whatsapp post wasfound by a police team monitoring social media chats, saidBahodapur police station in charge YS Tomar.

'On Saturday evening, we received a screenshot of theinflammatory post. Based on that, we arrested Chauhan, aresident of Rampuri locality, under section 188 of the IPC forshowing disobedience to an official order, and section 153,which deals with provocation to cause a riot' he added.

Several other objectionable posts from a WhatsAppgroup called 'Hindu Sena' were found on Chauhan's mobilephone, he said.

In the second incident in Gwalior, jail warden MaheshAwad was suspended for bursting of crackers in Chhaoni areadespite a ban on such post-verdict activities by districtauthorities.

'After we got information about Awad bursting crackerspost the Ayodhya verdict, we suspended him,' said GwaliorCentral Jail Superintendent Manoj Kumar Sahu said.

In Seoni district, Chhapara police arrested WhatsAppgroup administrator Radhe Gajjam and one Ranjit Singh whileKotwali arrested four people identified as Rajesh Jain,Aishwary Potdar, Vivek Baghel and Pankaj Jethani, MP PublicRelations Department officer Rajesh Parte said.

Parte said Keolari police arrested Raj Rajput andSantosh Janghela for posting objectionable messages onWhatsApp after the Ayodhya verdict.

He said police action came under relevant provisionsof Information Technology Act.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturdaycleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at thedisputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. PTICOR ADUBNM BNM