A day after Punjab Police registered an FIR against a 10-year-old boy for glorifying gun culture in Amritsar, DGP Gaurav Yadav on Saturday gave three days to the people to delete posts on social media that promote gun culture and violence.
DGP Punjab Police took to Twitter and wrote an appeal to everyone to voluntarily remove any objectionable content from their social media handles in the next 72 hours. CM Punjab has directed that no FIRs for glorifying weapons will be registered for the next 3 days in Punjab to allow people to remove content on their own, the tweet read.
The police booked four people, including a minor, on Friday for violating orders after the state government on November 13 banned the public display of firearms and songs promoting gun culture and violence in the state.
However, Amritsar Rural Police later cancelled the FIR after it was pointed out that the firearm in question was a toy gun. The boy’s father had shared a picture of his son on the boy’s Facebook page in which the youngster was seen holding a gun with a bandolier on his shoulder.
The FIR was lodged against a man, his son, and two others who were seen in the picture under Section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case was registered at the Kathunangal Police Station.
Following this, senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia slammed the AAP government for registering the FIR, saying the child was only holding a big toy gun in his hands. He said now, minor children too are being booked for carrying toy guns, this is Bhagwant Mann’s Rangla (vibrant) Punjab.
Later, senior police officials admitted that there had been some confusion, but the matter had been sorted out and the FIR was cancelled.