The Tripura government on Friday alleged that a special interest group from outside had hatched a plot to foment unrest in the state and tarnish its image by uploading a fake picture of a burning mosque on social media. Information and Culture Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said the police investigated and found that no mosque had been burned in Banisagar sub-district of North Tripura district as alleged by social media posts.
A mosque was vandalized and two shops were set on fire in Shamtila district of Banisagar division on the evening of October 26 during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally organized to protest the recent violence against Hindus in neighboring Bangladesh. A senior police official said earlier that three houses and a few shops owned by members of the minority had been looted in nearby Roa Bazar. There was no burning incident of any mosque in Banisagar. Chaudhry said in a video message that the fake news was uploaded on social media on October 26 by a special interest group from abroad to foment unrest in Tripura and disrupt the development process of all sectors of the people in the state.
He said it was a plot to tarnish the image of the government, and pleaded with the people to keep the peace and not to believe the rumours. Tripura police on Thursday also tweeted that no mosque was burned during Tuesday’s protest march and that the image being shared of a “mosque” being burned or damaged is all fake news.
The force said that “some special interests are trying to disturb the peaceful community situation in Tripura” and asked people not to spread rumours. On Wednesday, police said all mosques in the state were under police protection. The prohibition orders were issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act of Banisagar and the neighboring Dharmanagar subdivisions following the incident in Shamtila district of North Tripura district.