Economic Offenses Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police has registered three cases against YouTuber Manish Kashyap and others on charges of “spreading fake videos of migrants being killed and thrashed in Tamil Nadu on social media”.
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The EOU has also frozen four bank accounts of Kashyap.
A statement issued by the EOU said, “Kashyap, wanted by Bihar Police and Tamil Nadu Police in a fake news case on the issue of laborers in the southern state, surrendered before the police on Saturday.”
Six teams constituted by the EOU in association with the Patna and Champaran police were continuously conducting raids at his various hideouts and hideouts since Friday. Fearing arrest and other legal action, he surrendered at the Jagdishpur police station in Bettiah on Saturday.
The EOU had registered the first FIR in the matter on March 6 and registered a case against four people, including Kashyap.
The EOU officials have already arrested Aman Kumar from Jamui in connection with the investigation of the first FIR. Those named in that FIR included Aman Kumar, Rakesh Tiwari, Yuvraj Singh Rajput and Manish Kashyap.
JS Gangwar, Additional Director General of Bihar Police (Headquarters), had last week said that the EOU investigation found that 30 fake videos of migrants being lynched in Tamil Nadu were widely shared on social media, leading to the threat of laborers. Panic spread and forced them to flee the southern state.
Tamil Nadu Police has also registered 13 cases to probe the matter.
Earlier, the Bihar government had also sent a four-member team of top officials to Tamil Nadu to coordinate with the authorities probing the case in the southern state.
(With inputs from PTI)