UP slap scandal: FIR lodged against Alt News co-founder Mohd Zubair for 'revealing' student's identity

Mohammed Zubair
Mohammed Zubair.

Muzaffarnagar: An FIR was lodged against Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair here on Monday for allegedly disclosing the identity of a minor boy who was slapped by his classmates on the instruction of a teacher at Khubbapur village of the district.

Alt News is a non-profit fact-checking website that has been calling out the lies being spread online. Zubair was arrested on June 20, 2022, for allegedly 'hurting' religious sentiments.

Senior Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Suman said the case has been registered under section 74 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

The complainant Vishnu Dutt alleged that Zubair disclosed the identity of the boy by sharing a video of the incident on social media.

On Friday, a video of the school teacher Tripta Tyagi had gone viral in which a Muslim student of Class 2, was seen being slapped by his classmates for allegedly not doing his homework, leading to widespread condemnation.

A case was registered against the teacher on Saturday under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC on the complaint by the boy's family.

Tyagi, in her defence, said the video had been tampered with to give a communal colour to the matter and claimed that it was shot by the student's uncle.

(With PTI inputs)

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