New Delhi: Delhi police has begun an investigation into a complaint filed by a BJP worker against a research scholar of Jawaharlal Nehru University for a tweet that was allegedly offensive to the Indian Army.
On July 8, one Tajinder Yadav filed an FIR at Kapashera police station, claiming that the JNU student posted on Twitter that the Indian Army operation against militants in Kashmir was “wrong and against the country”.
News outlets have reported that the tweet posted by Sajid Bin Sayed, which has since been deleted, reads: “Indian Military execute systematic genocide of Kashmiris which is devised by RSS. The BJP govt should stop their territorial greed and be ready to accept Kashmiris’ right to self determination guaranteed by UN. It’s high time to intervene in the issue by international bodies. #Kashmir.”
“The person has termed the action by the Army against terrorists as wrong and against the country. He has also linked this to the RSS and the termed the outfit as anti-national. This is an insult to the Indian Army and the RSS,” said Yadav, who claimed to be associated with the Mehrauli unit of the BJP’s Yuva Morcha.
An FIR has been registered against the student under the Indian Penal Code section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and section 153 (persons who indulge in wanton vilification or attacks upon the religion, race, place of birth, residence, language).
“We have received a written complaint and registered a case under sections 153 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code,” a senior police officer said.
Early on July 26, Sayed tweeted that he came to know of the FIR against him from media reports.
The constitutional rights of Kashmiris have been denied for many years and it’s escalated since the abrogation of article 370 in August 2019. Speaking for the rights of Kashmiris is not a crime to book under 154 and 504. (2)
— Sajid bin Sayed (@SajidbinSayed) July 25, 2020
Sayed also said that this was an attempt to suppress the voice of dissent. “I’m not the first person been targeted for criticising the government,” he wrote on Twitter.
(With PTI inputs)