Chennai: Social media is for networking but
then some can even use this as a mischief and attempt to create
hatred among communities which in turn may have lead to civil
This is exactly what has happened in Hyderabad, where some
anti-social elements studying in St. Francis Xavier Degree College
at Kachiguda, posted some inflammatory photos of Holy Kaaba on the
The photos clearly desecrated the modesty of Holy Kaaba, the most
revered place of worship for the followers of the Islamic faith.
It was timely action by some social activists and an upright
police officer that defused the situation which had all the
ingredients to flare up into a full fledged communal riot.
The Muslim Students of the St.Francis Xavier Degree College
brought this matter to the notice of Amjed Ullah Khan, Corporator
35-Azampura Division, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Khan immediately lodged a complaint against such activities
going on the Face book, at the police station Kachiguda,
In his complaint Mr. Khan urged the police to take immediate
action against those students who had indulged in hate monger at
the social media site, that has the third largest population in
the word after China and India.
Khan has also urged action against the management of the degree
college for having such kind of anti social elements as its
After registering the complaint, the police swung into action and
visited the college along with Khan. They were quickly able to
identify the anti-social elements of the college as Abhishek Totla,
Neeraj Jhawar, Deepesh Agarwal. The three were arrested on the
charges of trying to create hatred among the communities.
The management of the college cooperated with the police, fearing
the men in uniform. The college Principal Bhujang Rao
immediately issued Transfer Certificate to the students and handed
them over to the police.
The prompt action of the Inspector of Police at the Kachiguda
police station should be appreciated. It is due to his prompt
action of going to the college, identifying the real culprits and
arresting them defused a highly volatile situation in Muslim
dominated city like Hyderabad.
This case serves as an example for all those who take for granted
the social media sites as a play field and think can get away with
what ever they may like to do there.
This case also sends out a strong message to the users of the
social media that their anti social activities on such sites could
be registered as a cognizable offence.
Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at