Chennai: The Madurai cyber crime police arrested Bharatiya Janata Celebration’s (BJP) Tamil Nadu secretary S.G. Suryah late Friday night time for a publish on social media alleging that CPI(M) ward councillor in Madurai’s Pennadam city panchayat, Viswanathan (recognized by a singly title solely), had compelled a sanitation employee to wash a drain with faecal matter, resulting in the latter’s dying.
Within the tweet publish on 7 June, Surya had additionally accused Madurai Member of Parliament and CPI(M)’s Su Venkatesan of not taking any motion within the case and mentioned the MP’s “faux politics of separatism stinks worse than that cesspool, discover a solution to dwell as a human being, mate!”
கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கவுன்சிலரால் பறிபோன தூய்மை பணியாளர் உயிர் – கள்ள மெளனம் காக்கும் புரச்சீ போராளி மதுரை எம்.பி சு.வெங்கடேசன்!
— SG Suryah (@SuryahSG) June 7, 2023
Including that the deceased belonged to a scheduled caste, he questioned the MP, “The place’s your purple flag [a reference to the party colour]? The place is your combating spirit? The place are your passionate phrases? In case you are in opposition to the ruling BJP authorities, you’ll come ahead instantly.”
Suryah’s arrest adopted a grievance filed by M. Ganesh, CPI(M)’s Madurai district secretary, alleging the knowledge shared by the BJP chief was false. He claimed there was no city panchayat by the title of Pennadam, nor any councillor known as Vishwanthan. The complainant claimed that Suryah made the publish with the intent to create communal rigidity. ThePrint has a replica of the grievance and the arrest warrant.
Calls by ThePrint to Housing and City Growth secretary Apoorva went unanswered. Nevertheless, in keeping with the district web site, Madurai has 9 city panchayats and Pennadam isn’t certainly one of them.
ThePrint reached Madurai commissioner of police Okay.S. Narenthiran Nayar over the telephone for touch upon the case, however didn’t get a response until the time of publication of this report.
Nevertheless, a senior officer who didn’t want to be named mentioned, “The case pertains to faux information peddling. There isn’t any such place and no info of such a dying.”
ThePrint additionally reached the complainant, M. Ganesh on name, however obtained no response until the time of publication of this copy. The copy will likely be up to date when a response is obtained.
BJP state chief Okay. Annamalai has, nevertheless, condemned Suryah’s arrest and mentioned the latter’s solely mistake was to show the double requirements of the communists, allies of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
“Utilizing state equipment to curtail free speech and getting jittery for the slightest criticism is unbecoming of a democratically elected chief and, certainly, are indicators of an autocratic chief within the making,” he tweeted Saturday.
He added: “Drawing inspiration from autocrats, TN CM Thiru @mkstalin is popping the state right into a lawless jungle. These arrests won’t deter us and we’ll proceed to be bearers of the uncomfortable fact!”
Different BJP leaders who got here out in assist of Surya included C.T. Ravi, Vanathi Srinivasan, Rajeev Chandrashekar, B.L. Santhosh and Tejasvi Surya.
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‘Selling enmity, circulating alarming information’
Concentrating on the CPI(M) chief in his tweet, Suryah had written, “The place have you ever gone now? Why doesn’t your purple flag fly in opposition to your fellow comrades? Or received’t your purple flag take to the streets and struggle in assist of the SC brothers? Your faux politics draped in purple flag stinks worse than the manhole. Discover a solution to dwell as a human being, my pal.”
In accordance with the arrest warrant, the BJP chief was arrested beneath Sections 153(a) (Selling enmity between totally different teams on grounds of faith, race, homeland, residence, language, and so forth., and doing acts prejudicial to upkeep of concord), 505 (1)(b) (circulating report with alarming information to create enmity with intent to trigger, or which is prone to trigger, worry or alarm to the general public, or to any part of the general public whereby any particular person could also be induced to commit an offence in opposition to the State or in opposition to the general public tranquility).
The arrest warrant additionally invokes sections 505 (1)(c) (intent to incite, or which is prone to incite, any class or neighborhood of individuals to commit any offence in opposition to another class or neighborhood) of the Indian Penal Code and 66(d) the IT Act (cheats by personation).
(Edited by Smriti Sinha)
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