He was evading arrest after the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the state police has registered three cases against Kashyap while TN lodged nine cases against him on the charges of circulating fake videos for deliberately misleading people that prompted them to flee from Tamil Nadu to different parts of Bihar.
Kashyap alias Tripurari Tiwari, son of Udit Kumar Tiwari, an army man surrendered in Jagdishpur police outpost (OP) of Bettiah, when the the police team started attachment of his home in Dumri Mahnawa under Majhualia police station.
Nayyar Hasnain Khan, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, EOU said Kashyap has been taken into custody and he will be interrogated on the charges he was booked. “He surrendered after continuously being hounded by the special teams of the EOU. Two teams are camping in Delhi and NCR areas and certain parts of Haryana for more than a week after tracing several suspected locations with the help of Delhi and Haryana police. Our six teams along with Patna and West Champaran police were raiding in Bihar, his native place in Bettiah and following the accused,” he said.
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The ADG told this newspaper that Kahsyap was under immense pressure, after the police started attachment of his property in Majhaulia on Saturday. “When he found no other way to reach the court (to surrender before the judicial magistrate), he was forced to surrender before the law enforcers at the first police station when entered in district in order to save himself from possible arrest. We have already blocked his money sources,” Khan said.
The EOU officials said that Kashyap will be produced before the court with a prayer for police remand and he will be interrogated by the Bihar and Tamil Nadu police. The warrant was issued against Kahsyap and another YouTuber Yuvraj Singh Rajput and their bank accounts have been frozen to mount pressure on them. Kashyap had deposited around Rs 42 lakh in his bank accounts.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the YouTuber Kashyap shared fake videos in order to gain popularity and around Rs 34 lakh has been found in his bank account of the SachTak Foundation. In the course of interrogation, we will ascertain why they started circulating fake videos and their propaganda behind misleading people and defaming both the governments,” the EOU officials said.
He has been booked under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy to commit an offence), 153, 153A, 153B (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 and 505 and section 67 of the IT Act. He was also accused for sharing fake photo of his arrest on his new Twitter handle.
The EOU had registered the case against four persons on March 5, following which Aman Kumar, resident Digghi under Laxmipur police station area of Jamui district was arrested. So far, five persons have been arrested on charges of posting fake videos of the attack on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu.
The main accused Rakesh Ranjan, a native of Gopalganj district, who created the video was arrested about a week ago. At least 26 YouTubers have been identified, who circulated fake videos and rumours on social media through their channels. Notices have been sent to them.
Bettiah SP Upendranath Verma said total seven criminal cases have so far been lodged against Manish under Majhaulia and Bettiah town police stations in West Champaran, of which five of them, he was chargesheeted. “He was evading arrest for last two years,” he said.
He had contested the state assembly election in 2020 from the Chanpatia constituency as an independent candidate.
Watch YouTuber Manish Kashyap surrenders in Bihar for sharing fake videos of attacks on migrants in Tamil Nadu