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MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney appeals to I&B minister to block anti-Sikh social media accounts | VIDEO

Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney has urged Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur to block social media accounts spreading hate speech against Sikhs.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: February 20, 2024 13:43 IST
Vikramjit Singh Sahney
Image Source : INDIA TV Punjab's Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney.

Punjab's Rajya Sabha MP, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, has appealed to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur, urging the government to block social media accounts that spread hatred through speeches, targeting Sikhs. Sahney has also urged the government to take action against the owners of these social media handles under the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021, using emergency powers. He has written a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur regarding this matter.

Calls for stern action against offenders

In his letter to Anurag Thakur, Sahney attached a dossier containing screenshots of hate messages, some of which threatened to repeat the 1984 Sikh massacre. Sahney emphasised the need to shut down such entities for the peaceful coexistence of all religions and communities. He asserted that individuals posting derogatory comments about any community should face severe consequences.

Screenshots shared

Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Congress MLA Pargat Singh raised this issue during the farmers' protests, posting screenshots from social media handles as evidence. While Pargat Singh called for blocking social media accounts supporting farmers, he also criticized the Punjab government and police for turning a blind eye to spreading hatred.

FIRs against offenders

Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney has demanded the immediate blocking of social media accounts propagating hate speech against the Sikh community under the IT Rules, 2021. He has also called for filing FIRs against the offenders and emphasised the need for preemptive steps to curb communal tensions.

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