Digvijay Singh faces criminal charge for IS' online booby trap claim

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 04, 2017, 11:39 AM IST

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Congress politician Digvijay Singh posted tweets about police in southern Telangana state setting up a site that would enable them to trap Muslims ||Singh also felt that the head of the local government in Telangana,?KT Rama Rao, should resign if he authorised?the police to set the booby trap ||

Indian police have filed a criminal case against a politician who recently claimed that they had set up a bogus website to arrest Muslims influenced by Islamic State's ideology.

The police in India's southern Telangana state was charged with making statement causing feelings of enmity and hatred, the Jubilee Hills of Hyderabad said on Thursday.

On May 1, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh posted several tweets about the Telangana police setting up an online booby trap to arrest radicalised youth.

Singh had also attacked the head of the local government in Telangana, KT Rama Rao. He tweeted Rao should step down if he authorised the police to set the trap. 

But the 70-year-old politician did not give further details to back his claims.

Singh's tweets sparked a row online, with both the Telangana police and Rao reacting sharply to the allegations.

Telangana chief minister Rao attacked Singh for making "irresponsible" and "reprehensible" comments, while the state police felt the Congress politician's tweets would "lower" their morale.

Following are the tweets posted by Singh:


And this is what chief minister Rao and the police had to say: 


The Indian government says about 100 Indian men and women have joined Islamic State since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011.

Although the government believes that there are no active IS modules working in India, the police have arrested about 80 people who may have been radicalised by the Middle East-based jihadist organisation.

Incidentally, Congress' Digvijay Singh's tweets come a day after his party decided to replace him as the man in-charge of India's western state of Goa and election-bound Karnataka, a state in south India.