Just a few days ago, BJP was bearing the flag of Free Speech when its Youth Leader, Priyanka Sharma was arrested. Now, it has taken the U-turn and arresting the Homeopathic doctor for posting against Pragya Thakur. The only difference is, Pragya Thakur is not actively involved in the arrest.
The doctor, Sunil Kumar Nishad, was arrested on May 15, the police said. Based on activist Ravindra Tiwari’s complaints, an FIR has been registered against the doctor for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting the religion or religious beliefs.
As per ANI, some of the doctor’s posts were allegedly against BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur. On his Facebook page, Nishad – a resident of Vikhroli – identifies himself as a BAMCEF member. BAMCEF stands for The Minority Communities Employees Federation that was launched by BSP’s Kanshi Ram.
Senior inspector Vilas Jadhav told the English daily: “Based on the statement given by Tiwari, we registered an FIR under Section 295 (A) of the IPC (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).”
Tiwari, who filed the FIR, told the daily that Nishad had been uploading posts – which he called as being against Hindus and Brahmins – for the past two years. He said that Nishad lives in the same locality as him and he had “tried to tell him through others that he should not put up such posts. He said if we had a problem, we should complain to the police.”
Tiwari claimed that a similar police complaint against the doctor was submitted about six months ago by another local resident.
Though it is up to the court to decide whether the post were as venomous as it is being told or just an exaggeration.