PANAJI: Goa Police has constituted an eight member team to investigate the source of a social media post that allegedly insulted the sentiments of the Muslim community.
The team was constituted based on the complaints by members of the community who had gathered in large numbers outside the Margao Police Station to protest the post.
“An FIR has been registered and a cyber team has been constituted to thoroughly investigate a case registered against an unknown person regarding a defamatory post on Instagram hurting religious sentiments,” said South Goa superintendent of police, Abhishek Dhania.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that state administration is taking action against certain attempts to undermine intercommunal harmony in the state.
“Goa has long maintained intercommunal harmony. However, some people are attempting to interfere with it. When such incidents occur, people become upset and demonstrate outside of police stations, he said.
“The public ought to have complete faith in the government. We have acted, and we won’t permit social harmony to be upset,” the CM continued.
Sawant mentioned instances of the destruction of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, anti-Hindu remarks made by a church priest, and offensive remarks posted against Muslims.
Tushar Vernekar, the deputy superintendent of police, is keeping an eye on the case’s developments, according to chief minister Pramod Sawant.
“We have two FIRs filed. Through phony IDs, the social media posts were made. When the investigation team contacted Instagram, a representative of that platform informed the Goa police that it would take at least four days to provide the id’s details. If the Instagram poster is an Indian citizen, Goa police will bring them to Goa, where we will make an arrest, added Sawant.