The city police have cautioned that circulation of any text message or even storing messages which promote enmity or ill-will towards other communities could attract prosecution under stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.

Apprehending that trouble mongers could circulate malicious text messages after the pronouncement of verdict in Babri Masjid title suit by Allahabad High Court on Friday, the Hyderabad police have said that conviction under these provisions meant denial of issue of passports and government jobs.

“If anybody receives such SMSs from know person or unknown person you should note down the phone number from which it [came], delete such SMS immediately and inform such phone number to your nearest police station”, DCP of Detective Department, J. Satyyanarayana said in a public appeal on Wednesday.