The National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed on Thursday that it has not requested information from the general public regarding calls for beheadings in connection with statements made against the Prophet by BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma, who has since been suspended.
The declaration was made in response to posts on social media that claimed the NIA had set up a helpline number to report any Muslim or Muslim organisation making such calls on social media.
The NIA claimed that the telephone numbers it had made available to the general public were intended for reporting on Islamic State activity, not the Nupur Sharma scandal.
“It has come to our attention that some false statements, ostensibly released by the NIA, are being shared on a number of social media sites. This is to inform everyone that NIA has not sent out any such notification. Such messages are completely false, harmful, and intended to deceive the public, according to a statement from the NIA.
At least two murder cases, one each in the Indian states of Rajasthan’s Udaipur and Maharashtra’s Amaravati, are being looked into by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Both incidents are being looked into on terrorism-related grounds. The CIA also claims that the Udaipur murderers had ties to a Pakistani proselytising organisation.