Freedom Under Fire: IAS Officer Asked to Explain ‘Anti-Modi’ Post; Shiv Sena Leader Says Tanmay Bhat Should be Whipped in Public

A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.

Tanmay Bhat. Credit: Facebook

Tanmay Bhat. Credit: Facebook

Days after transfer for praising Nehru, IAS officer asked to explain ‘anti-Modi’ post on Facebook

The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Monday asked IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar to explain a purported Facebook post calling for a people’s revolution (jan kranti) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, The Indian Express reported. This comes days after Gangwar was transferred following another post in which he praised Jawaharlal Nehru.

The notice sent today is silent on the Nehru post. The one-line notice has sought his explanation within seven days on a different Facebook post dated January 23, 2015, which referred to an opinion piece in the editorial page of Jansatta. The piece, written by a contributor, was critical of Modi’s Make in India programme.

Gangwar claimed the post in question is not on his timeline and that he may have ‘liked’ an article shared on Facebook but never made that comment. “I will ask them about the source of that post. They probably got it from social media. They are doing this because their action of transferring me for my comments on Nehru boomeranged on them. They are doing this to divert attention,’’ he said.

Tanmay Bhat should be whipped in public for his actions: Sena leader Sanjay Raut 

According to a report in The Indian Express, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday lashed out at AIB comedian Tanmay Bhat for his ‘roast’ on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar, saying that such “sick” people should be beaten with hunters in public.

“I guess Tanmay Bhat and all involved in such actions are sick. These people should be whipped in public,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.

In the last 17 months, 2,234 get HIV after blood transfusion

In the last 17 months alone, 2,234 persons across India have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while getting blood transfusions, a report in The Hindu states. The maximum number of such cases (361) was reported from Uttar Pradesh due to unsafe blood transfusion practices in hospitals. Gujarat (292 cases), Maharashtra (276) and Delhi (264) were the other leading states where patients have been transfused unsafe blood.

The data was revealed by the National AIDS Control Organisation in response to a right to information query by activist Chetan Kothari. “The government has been slackening on raising AIDS awareness due to budget cuts. Cases like these keep happening over and over again, and no action is taken against erring hospitals and blood banks. This is an extremely serious issue and the government needs to address it urgently,” said Kothari.

Congo victim’s family in capital, India assures them speedy trial

Ten days after Congolese national Masonga Kitanda Olivier was beaten to death by three men in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, his uncle and cousin arrived in the capital on Monday morning to take his body back to Kinshasa, The Indian Express reported. Birender Yadav, joint secretary (west Africa), met the family on their arrival at the airport and said India has assured them a speedy trial.

Olivier was involved in a argument with three men, who got into an autorickshaw flagged down by him. The trio hurled racial slurs at Olivier and brutally assaulted him. Although he was rushed to a local hospital, he was declared dead on arrival. The incident occurred minutes before his 24th birthday.

African students in the capital had organised a protest demonstration in the capital on Tuesday, but called it off after assurances from the government.

Prime accused in the murder of Tamil Nadu Dalit boy walks out of jail to a hero’s welcome

After spending six months in prison, Yuvaraj, the prime accused in the murder of Dalit youth Gokulraj, walked out from the Vellore Central Prison on Tuesday, The News Minute reported. The Madras High Court had granted Yuvraj conditional bail last week.

The 34-year-old leader of the Dheeran Chinnamalai Gounder Peravai received a hero’s welcome from his supporters who were present in large numbers at the prison. His supporters garlanded the murder accused and lifted him upon their shoulders.

Talking to reporters outside the prison, he said, “I have evidence to prove that the case is suicide and not murder. Be it Hindus, Muslims or Christians the common temple for all of them is the court and the common God for everyone is the judge. I have full faith in him, and I will bring out the truth through the court. I will also prove that DSP Vishnupriya’s death is a planned murder. Those two people who are guilty will be punished”.

Yuvaraj is accused of murdering 21-year-old Gokulraj for talking to a girl from the Gounder community at a Tiruchengode temple. Gokulraj’s body was found on the railway tracks near Erode.

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