Post the heinous Karbi Anglong lynching incident, to thwart any attempt to spread hatred or rumors through social media platforms, the Assam Police has formally launched its smart social media centre – Nagarik Mitra. It is a special unit for cyber patrolling.
The centre will be one-of-its-kind and has been formed in an endeavor to transform the policing into a smart efficient citizen-centric service delivery mechanism by upgrading its strength through its social media presence.
The primary objective will be to interact positively with the citizens, to take constructive feedback as inputs as a vehicle for providing efficient service delivery to all stakeholders in society.
Under the ‘Nagarik Mitra’ initiative, citizens will also be sensitized on the good and bad use of social media platforms.
The team will monitor activities of the netizens and will lodge complaints if they come across anything “objectionable”. This cyber patrolling unit will be led by Additional Director General of Police (Security) Harmeet Singh.
The move comes after two friends Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer, and Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman, were beaten to death by a mob on the suspicion that they were child-lifters at Panjuri Kacharigaon under Dokmoka police station, Karbi Anglong on June 8. It is reported that the villages in the area were in the grip of panic over child-lifting following circulation or rumours through social media.
In the last three days, Assam Police has scanned over 100 profiles on the social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter for posting hate messages targeting a particular community or instigating violence.