Chandigarh, April 8 -- The UT cyber cell have registered two FIRs against unidentified persons for spreading communal hatred by posting hateful messages on WhatsApp groups.

In their official statement, the police said two complaints were received on their email account, along with mobile phone screenshots, where the complainants mentioned hateful messages being circulated in WhatsApp groups. The investigating officials said the messages were defaming a particular community "by connecting them with the spread of coronavirus".

"The posts were misleading and provocative. Hence, action was initiated," said a cyber official, privy to the matter.

The two FIRs have been registered under Section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to ...