Days after the Dhandhuka incident, the Ahmedabad police have decided to aggressively patrol both the cyberworld and city for potentially inflammatory content that could result in a communal flare-up. The heightened vigil on social media for wards comes after Dhandhuka resident Kishan Boliya was shot dead by one Shabbir Chopda for sharing a video that hurt the sentiments of a community.

Investigations revealed that Chopda had been radicalised by religious extremists. Two others including a cleric were arrested in the incident.

Senior police officials said that the city police has drawn up a detailed plan to prevent similar incidents in Ahmedabad. Monday meeting

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City police commis- sioner Sanjay Srivastava in a meeting held on Monday discussed steps to counter similar situations. All senior city police officials attended the meeting. The cybercrime cell of the police which already monitors the social media space has been directed to aggressively pursue cyber patrolling and proactively trace derogatory posts on social media platforms to prevent them from snowballing into communal tensions. The cyber cell has also been directed to lodge FIRs in such cases and arrest the accused.

Meanwhile, over 50 teams of the Special Branch have been formed to patrol the city in private vehicles to track miscreants who try to disturb the peace by putting up sensitive posters or hoardings during the night.

The teams will work in two shifts 24X 7, moving in the city to trace such elements, said a police official. In communally sensitive areas Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police rank officers will join their teams in the patrolling.Police officials are also holding Shanti Samiti meetings with community leaders and are broadcasting messages urging people not to share objectionable social media posts. A senior police official who participated in the meeting said special emphasis was laid on night patrolling. He also urged people to refrain from sharing anything objectionable over social media as they run the risk of being arrested.

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