The Cyber Crime Police in Chennai arrested a 24-year-old woman, M Surya Devi, from Manaparai near Tiruchy, on Saturday, for allegedly making abusive comments against BJP State President Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Surya had released a video on social media abusing Tamilisai, reportedly for supporting the police firing that took place in Thoothukudi on May 22. The video, which was released in the last week of May, went viral on social media. The 1 minute and 10 second video allegedly shows Surya Devi firing abuses at Tamilisai.
In the video, the woman can also be heard saying that Tamilisai will not stand a chance in the Tamil Nadu elections ever.
Following this, a few BJP leaders filed a complaint with the Chennai police commissioner's office stating that the defamatory comments would discourage women from aspiring to become political leaders, a police source told The New Indian Express.
According to reports, Surya Devi had allegedly released another video abusing TN Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and BJP leader H Raja. While her video abusing Tamilisai was a Facebook live, she reportedly later released the second video against the CM and H Raja. Both these videos went viral, leading to BJP leaders approaching the police commissioner.
The complaint was transferred to the Cyber Crime wing of the Chennai police and a case was registered. The police, on investigating, found that Surya Devi was working in Chennai and residing in a hostel in Virugambakkam.
A case has been registered under sections 294 (b) (obscene words), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505(1)(b) (causing fear or alarm to the public) and 153 (provoking with intent to cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code.
She has also reportedly been produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Allikulam and has been remanded to the Puzhal Prison.