LUCKNOW UP security agencies were put on high alert after a pro-Khalistani message was broadcast via voicemail messages sent to the cellphones of several journalists and others in Lucknow on Friday, police said .
POSTED JUL 09, 2021 9:13 PM IST
LUCKNOW UP security agencies were put on high alert after a pro-Khalistani message was broadcast via voicemail messages sent to the cell phones of several journalists and others in Lucknow on Friday, police said. UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) detectives were investigating the case and trying to locate the people behind it.
Police officials said it appeared to be an attempt to disrupt the law and order situation in the UP and the country before Independence Day. They said similar voicemail messages from a number of other countries circulated in the run-up to Independence Day last year.
ATS (IG) Police Inspector General GK Goswami said several people had complained about receiving such recorded voicemail messages from different overseas numbers. Cyber experts have been tasked with tracking down the people behind, he added.
A senior police official said at least 30 journalists said they received similar calls from different numbers. He asked reporters and others who received such messages to share the details with the police so that all information can be accumulated for investigation.
In 2020, a recorded voicemail message with an objectionable commentary on the Prime Minister’s flag raising on August 15 as well as the country’s unity and integrity was played in Lucknow on August 8 and 9.
Lucknow Police had registered an FIR against unidentified persons under sections 505 (1) (b), 153-A, 153-B, 124-A, 295-A and 298 of the IPC.