Nikita Tomar Murder Case: Pro-Hindu WhatsApp Groups Spread Inflammatory Messages, Finds Police Probe  

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Protesters argue with police personnel in Ballabgarh, Haryana on November 1, Photo credit- The Hindu.

Soon after Nikita’s murder, Hindutva activists started giving communal colour to the incident as the culprits happened to be from the minority community

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Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Police investigations into the 26 October murder of a 21-year-old girl in Ballabhgarh town of Haryana’s Faridabad district have revealed that WhatsApp groups were being used for spreading inflammatory speeches and messages in a bid to create communal tension.

The police found that several people who took part in the violent protests after the murder of Nikita Tomar were part of some What’sApp groups in which hate speeches were made and inflammatory messages were passed on. The police came to know about these groups after they checked the phone numbers of the 32 people who have been arrested for the violent protests.

Faridabad ACP Aadarshdeep Singh told Clarion India that all 32 protesters were booked under IPC sections of 332, 147, 148, and 149 and for blocking the National Highway.

Singh told Clarion India, “We have found the WhatsApp groups in the phones of the arrested people. In those groups, there were inflammatory speeches. We are doing identification of those who were part of the groups. Actions will be taken against them.”

Nikita was murdered in broad daylight outside her college in Ballabgarh on October 26 and a special investigation team has already been formed to ensure a quick probe into the case.

The main accused Tauseef, hailing from Sohna in Gurgaon, and his accomplice Rehan, who is from Nuh, have also been arrested.

Soon after Nikita’s murder, Hindutva activists started giving communal colour to the incident as the culprits happened to be from the minority community. In the name of demanding justice, leaders of VHP, Karni Sena and others held a massive gathering (mahapanchayat) outside Nikita’s house in Ballabgarh and made provocative, hateful speeches against Muslims in the presence of policemen.

On Sunday, violent protests were organised blocking the National Highway connecting Faridabad to the National capital. The protesters clashed with the police and hurled stones at the security forces leaving 10 uniformed men injured. Earlier, they had blocked the Delhi-Agra Highway for 20 minutes.

Taking action against the violent protesters, the Faridabad police arrested 32 people. Twenty-nine of them have been remanded to judicial custody while three of them have been placed in the isolation center after they tested positive for Covid-19. All those who attended the mahapanchayat have been asked to isolate themselves.

Tauseef is said to be from a political family. His uncle is a sitting Congress MLA from the Nuh constituency. His grandfather was Congress MLA from Mewat. The victim’s family members said Nikita had been abducted by Tauseef in 2018, too. But at that time, they withdrew the case due to political pressure after she was released by abductors. At that time, it was promised that Tauseef will not bother her anymore.

Hindutva groups have been making attempts to raise communal tension using Nikita’s case but the police are taking them to task.

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