Punjab Police orders removal of content glorifying weapons on social media

26 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Punjab Police Department announced a three-day deadline on Saturday for anyone to erase posts praising firearms from their social media accounts or face prosecution.

Punjab Police Department announced a three-day deadline on Saturday for anyone to erase posts praising firearms from their social media accounts or face prosecution.

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav has ordered residents to erase any offensive information from their social media accounts within the next three days to avoid disciplinary action.

Gaurav Yadav in a tweet on Saturday stated, “Appeal to everyone to voluntarily erase any offensive stuff from their social media handles in the next 72 hours.”

Punjab DGP tweeted, “CM Punjab has decided that no FIRs for glorifying guns would be issued in Punjab for the next three days to allow individuals to delete content on their own.”

Instructions to delete information praising firearms have been issued in response to the recent actions made by Punjab’s government to combat gun culture.

Earlier on November 13, the Punjab home department, chaired by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, wrote a letter to DGP Gaurav Yadav ordering the prohibition of public displays of firearms and songs praising weapons, as well as a three-month review of all licences given.

Following that, on November 18, Gaurav Yadav ordered a quarterly check of all gun retailers’ shops, facilities, and stockpiles across the state.