WhatsApp Group Admin Arrested in Latur for Objectionable Content

An ‘administrator’ of a WhatsApp group in Latur district has been arrested for objectionable content posted on the group.

Police in Chakur tehsil of Latur district in Marathwada arrested the admin and three other members of the WhatsApp group after noticing objectionable content, including video clips posted on the group.

A police officer from Chakur police station told PTI that those arrested – Shivaji Barche, Rajkumar Telange, Amol Somwanshi and Manoj Lavhrale – will be produced before a court.

The four have been arrested and cases under sections 153, 34 and section 67 of IT Act, 2000 have been registered, he said.

Following a public outcry, the government late last month withdrew altogether the draft encryption policy. Earlier in the day, it exempted social media sites and apps users, as also net banking and password-based e-commerce, from saving data for 90 days from the date of transaction.

“There was concern about the draft in certain sections. When I went through the draft policy, I found that there were two-three words which were giving rise to unnecessary misgivings,” said Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“Hence I have directed the department to withdraw the draft policy, review it and then make it clear that on whom it is applicable and on whom it is not,” he said.

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