Maharashtra government actively kept tabs on the Internet and social media to ensure that hate messages on platforms like Twitter and Whatsapp did not stir up passions, besides maintaining a close vigil on the law and order situation in connection with Yakub Memon’s execution.
“Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stayed awake until the wee hours today, monitoring the law and order situation and following up the development on the Supreme Court front in the case,” a senior official told PTI.
Special attention was given to the message traffic on the Yakub Memon case on social media and untoward messages which could have spread hatred among various sections of society were blocked, the official said.
Hate posts were not limited merely to the virtual world but in Nasik and some other places, authorities removed offensive banners which painted Yakub as a traitor and sought to celebrate his execution, he added.
When it became clear that Yakub would be buried in Mumbai, senior police officials planned for all eventualities and their preparations seem to have paid off since no untoward incident has been reported until and during his last rites, the official said.