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G.N.P.C.

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GNPC (Glassile Nurayum Platile Curriyum, translation:Fizz in the glass and curry on the plate[1]) is a secret group on Facebook launched on May 1, 2017.[2] This food, drink and travel group also took part in charity activities.[3] The group received widespread attention as a result of the Kerala government crackdown against it for promoting alcohol use and breaking other laws.

The GNPC Group Administrator faced allegations and inquiries by the state excise department for promoting alcohol use.[4] Excise commissioner Rishiraj Singh took action on this.[5] Several posts in the group have been accused of promoting alcoholism.[3] The founder admin of the group is T. L. Ajith Kumar, who was arrested for promoting alcohol consumption including displaying the consumption of alcohol in front of children as well as organizing unlicensed parties which served liquor.[6] His wife Vinitha is one of the admins as well. At the time of police action, the group had nearly 1.7 million members and it resulted in the creation of many copycat groups.[4] The excise department and the police cyber cell requested Facebook to remove the group, but this was denied.[7] Though some media outlets had reported that the group had indeed been taken down,[4] it continues to operate under strict moderator oversight[8] and has over 2.3 million users.[9]

GNPC is one of the Facebook secret groups with the maximum number of members.[8] It claims to hold the world record for the same as well as for the highest number of comments on a Facebook post.[10] However, there is no official confirmation of this record.

References[edit]

  1. "Kerala FB group booked for promoting liquor consumption". Deccan Herald. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. "'ഗ്ലാസിലെ നുര..'യില്‍ 17 ലക്ഷം അംഗങ്ങള്‍; ഫെയ്സ്ബുക്ക് ഗ്രൂപ്പ് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ നിരീക്ഷണത്തില്‍ (1.7 million members in GNPC: Facebook group under government watch)" (in മലയാളം). Malayala Manorama. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Crackdown on Kerala FB Group for Promoting Alcohol Use, Members Cry Foul". News 18. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Kerala: Excise shuts down FB page for liquor tales, members cry foul". The Indian Express. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. "മദ്യപാനത്തെ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നു: ജിഎന്‍പിസി അഡ്മിനെതിരെ കേസ് എടുത്തു (Case against GNPC admin for promoting alcohol use)" (in മലയാളം). Mathrubhumi. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  6. "Admin of GNPC Facebook group held". The Times of India. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  7. "ജിഎൻപിസി കേസ്: ഗ്രൂപ്പ് അഡ്മിനെതിരെ ലുക്കൗട്ട് നോട്ടിസിന് പൊലീസ് തീരുമാനം (GNPC case: Police decides to put up lookout notice against group admin)" (in മലയാളം). Malayala Manorama. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "കേരള പോലീസിന്റെ ഫെയ്‌സ്ബുക്ക് പേജിന് പിന്തുണയുമായി ജിഎന്‍പിസി (GNPC in support of the Kerala Police Facebook page)" (in മലയാളം). Mathrubhumi. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  9. "ഗ്ലാസിലെ നുരയും പ്ലേറ്റിലെ കറിയും: ഗ്രൂപ്പ് അഡ്മിനോട് ചോദ്യം ചെയ്യലിന് ഹാജരാകാൻ നിർദേശം (GNPC group admin suggested to appear for questioning)" (in മലയാളം). Malayala Manorama. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  10. "കുന്നോളം കമന്‍റുകളുമായി ജിഎന്‍പിസി ഗ്രൂപ്പ് റെക്കോര്‍ഡ് ബുക്കില്‍ (GNPC group enters the record books with a mountain of comments)" (in മലയാളം). Asianet news. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.


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