Peddling communally sensitive rumours and fake news cannot be without consequences. Karnataka police has arrested Postcard News founder Mahesh Vikram Hegde under sections 153A, 295A and 120B of IPC. BJP MP Pratap Simha was among those who tweeted about his arrest. Hegde was arrested over fake news that was spread by PostCard News that a Jain sage had been attacked by Muslim youth in Karnataka. Alt News was the first to report this story, which can be read here.

However, the information about him being arrested under Section 66A as claimed by Pratap Simha is incorrect according to the information Alt News has received. Alt News will keep a close eye and get the latest updates on this story. Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code deals with attempt to promoting enmity between religious groups, Section 295A addresses deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage sentiments whereas Section 120B of IPC refers to criminal conspiracy.

Postcard News, the publication run by Hegde is known for patently false news to polarize communities. Postcard News has time and again been promoted by senior members of BJP. States with non-BJP governments like West Bengal and Karnataka are a particular focus of the propaganda spread by this mega factory of fake news. Earlier in November 2017, an FIR had been filed against the admins of Postcard News for an alleged derogatory post.

Curiously, Hegde is followed by the Prime Minister of India on Twitter. Hegde was part of the Alt News story in which we produced a comprehensive list of shady accounts that the PM follows.

With dates of Karnataka elections already announced, we expect to see many communally divisive fake stories to surface. Social media users have be more alert than ever, particularly when it comes to news shared by the well-known serial peddlers of fake news.

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chalo acha h.. finally some good news

Hussain
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The best way to identify and arrest hardcore criminals is to create a list of all tweeter accounts which our PM follows. After investigation he must be officially thanked and informed about the arrest of these antiSocial elements so that he may unfollow them which he was doing due to his innocence.

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This is one of the rare occasions, when a propagator of the fake news is arrested. However, from the support pouring in from the BJP leadership to this perpetrator of crime, it shows clearly who were behind him in this crime.
In a country, where the number of restive unemployed youth is rising everyday, the continuous provocations for the communal violence made by this person for the last few years should be dealt with an iron hand, which will enable to prevent a large scale violence in India – the bigger versions of what happened in Bengal and Bihar recently.

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KARNI WAISHI BHARNI..
MERA DESH BADAL RAHA HAI.
JO HUVA ACHCHA HI HUVA HAI ..
OR.. JI HOGA ACHCHHA HI HOGA..Rk