UP teen beaten in Jail over Facebook post: A teenaged Muslim boy was allegedly arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police and changed with hacking after posting a Facebook status update on the recent court ruling on rivers Ganga and Yamuna. Speaking at a press conference organised by the Bhim Army in New Delhi, 18 year old Zakir Ali Tyagi said that in April this year, police arrested him and then tortured him in their custody on the basis of various unfound allegations.According to Tyagi, after the Uttarakhand high court termed the Ganga and Yamuna rivers as ‘living entities’ and give them legal rights, he had updated his Facebook status to “The Ganga has been declared a living entity, wll criminal charges be initiated if someone drowns in it?” He claims to have been forcefully picked up by the police from his home, which he shares with his employer, charged under section 66 of the Information Technology Act that deals with hacking and could lead to jail term of three years.According to the information, Wasim Nadeeq Khan, who got Tyagi legal aid. He said that, “The police had initially registered the FIR under section 66A, which prescribes three years jail for offensive posts, unaware that the Supreme Court had stuck it down as unconstitutional in March 2015. When they realized the mistake, the merely dropped the letter ‘A’.”Tyagi was also booked under Section 420 of the IPC for having the picture of a Police Officer as his profile picture, The picture was of Akhtar Khan, a police officer killed on duty in Greater Noida, he had out the picture as a protest against his murder like people on Facebook tend to do. “He abused me and said that people would stone my house and call me terrorist as I had written against the government.I was never taken to a doctor but a medical report was produced in court saying that I was in good health,” he went on to say. After he received bail, sedition charges were allegedly added. Zakir, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree through correspondence from Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut, is going to approach the Allahabad high court for quashing the sedition case.
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