5 Years After FB Post on Modi, UP Man Arrested And Charged With Sedition
Five years after a man from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh posted a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook, he was arrested by the police and charged with sedition on Thursday. This is not the first case where a person has been arrested under the sedition law in Uttar Pradesh.
Ever since the Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in UP in March 2017, at least 150 cases of sedition have been reported across the state and half-a-dozen persons arrested in Saharanpur, Meerut, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Ballia, Bahraich, Basti and Ghaziabad.
In most of these cases, the ‘crime’ is the same – sharing “offensive”, “objectionable”, “inflammatory” and “defamatory” content on social media, including criticisim of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, or ridiculing Modi, Adityanath or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.…
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