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Police in India are prosecuting a man who used Twitter to try to find oxygen for his dying grandfather. Officers in Uttar Pradesh state charged Shashank Yadav with spreading a rumour over oxygen shortages "with intent to cause Mr Yadav, who did not refer to Covid in his brief tweet, could face jail. Uttar Pradesh is among India's worst-hit states. Its chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is accused of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus crisis.
Earlier this week, Mr Adityanath, a right-wing ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanded that the property of anyone spreading rumours and propaganda be seized. He also said that none of the state's hospitals lacked oxygen, although scenes have unfolded of an overwhelmed health system. Officers in the town of Amethi claimed Mr Yadav's "false tweet" had prompted other people to make allegations against the government, and they pressed criminal charges against him on Tuesday night. Critics say the move reflects a general erosion of civil liberties and freedom of speech over the past few years.
On Monday Mr Yadav, who reports say is 26, put up a brief post on the social media platform appealing for an oxygen cylinder in which he tagged Bollywood actor Sonu Sood. He made no mention of coronavirus or what his grandfather was suffering from. Need oxygen cylinder asap SonuSood Plz sir.
His appeal was then retweeted by a friend, who also contacted a journalist at the Wire. She amplified the messageas many other prominent Indian individuals have been doing in the crisis. Cabinet minister Smiti Imrani, who is the MP for Amethi, was tagged - and responded later that evening saying she had tried to contact Mr Yadav, and had alerted local officials.
She has not commented since charges were pressed. Called Shashank thrice. Mr Yadav's grandfather died on Monday night, apparently of a heart attack.
Officials said he had not been suffering from Covid, but the circumstances around his death remain unclear. Pressure over Covid is growing on Prime Minister Modi, who is facing increasing criticism over his handling of the crisis. Earlier this week there was anger after his government ordered Twitter to remove posts critical of its actions. Uttar Pradesh - a state with million people - has recorded 1. But a closer look at the situation on the ground makes those s highly questionable.
On one day this month, health officials said 68 people had died across the entire state - but one newspaper ran a headline quoting officials in the capital, Lucknow, as saying they had recorded 98 Covid funerals just in that city alone. Add to that the reports of funeral pyres burning around the clock in the holy city of Varanasi, in Allahabad, Kanpur and many others - and you get a sense of why many believe the s are being massively under-recorded.
Anger as India orders Twitter to remove Covid posts. World's largest democracy 'no longer free'. Patients suffer at home as Covid chokes hospitals Countries send urgent aid to Covid-stricken India Patients die without oxygen amid Delhi Covid surge. Need oxygen cylinder asap SonuSood Plz sir — shashank yadav shashankdy April 26, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. View original tweet on Twitter. And that is in just one state in India.
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