U.P. Police Arrests Farmer, Village Head For Sharing ‘Fake’ Yogi Adityanath Wedding Card Invitation
Other cases were also registered against individuals for sharing such "objectionable content" about the U.P. chief minister.
The Uttar Pradesh Police have reportedly booked a farmer and the village head for sharing “objectionable content” against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media and Whatsapp, respectively, under sections 500 and 505 of the IPC and 65 and 66 of the IT Act.
As per a report published in The Print, Peer Mohammad, a farmer from Gola village in Gorakhpur has been arrested for sharing a fake wedding card of Adityanath on Facebook with the comment saying “DJ bajega ya bhajan (there will be DJ or bhajan)”. Mohammed has been sent on judicial custody for 14 days, Satish Shukla, Gola Circle Officer (DSP rank), Gorakhpur police, told The Print.
Dharmendra Bharti, Mohammed’s friend who stays in Muscat was also slapped with charges under IPC sections 503 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statements conducing public mischief) and section 65 and 66 Act of the Information Act. Bharti was just tagged in the post, as per the report.
In Basti district, Bashkor Kala village pradhan Akhlaq Ahmed was arrested for allegedly sharing the fake wedding invite on a local police WhatsApp group. He was booked under clause (2) of IPC section 505 at the Rudhauli police station area. As per the report, local police said that he forwarded the invite by mistake and was not adept at mobile applications.
An FIR was also lodged against Fatehpur district’s Raju Singh Yadav, who is currently in Mumbai, for allegedly sharing the same invite on Facebook. Further, a case was also registered in Sant Kabir Nagar district in Eastern UP for similar charges two-three days ago, but arrests have been made.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of journalist Prashant Kanojia on Tuesday. Kanojia had tweeted a cheeky comment on the video of a woman who reached Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence with a “love letter” and claimed that she has been talking to the CM via “video conferencing” for one year and demanded an in-person meeting. Uttar Pradesh police had picked Kanojia up from his residence in Delhi on June 7.