B Velmurugan is an executive member of Tamil Nadu BJP's IT cell.

BJP member arrested for FB post expressing joy over Mecca tragedy
news Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 09:07

In yet another instance of a Hindu rightwing activist getting into trouble for celebratory social media posts on tragic events, an executive member of Tamil Nadu BJP’s tech cell has been arrested by the police for a Facebook post expressing happiness over the death of pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Mecca last week.

TNIE reports that B Velmurugan of Madurai was arrested after a complaint from one Ajmer Ali. Velmurugan had apparently written that he would have been happy even if those dead were his neighbours.  The controversial post seems to have been removed, but several other ‘offensive posts remain on his Facebook page, according to media reports.

His controversial posts include ones on Kalam as well, in which he had written that Kalam was the only Muslim who loved India and the only one loved by Hindus, according to TNIE.

He is reported to be a IT graduate who runs a computer centre in Thirumangalam. He was appointed to the post in BJP in March.

After the murder of rationalist writer MM Kalburgi in Karnataka last month, a Bajrang Dal member, Bhuvith Shetty, was arrested for Tweeting that he was happy that Kalburgi was dead and that another rationalist writer was next.

The Grand Mosque in Mecca was witness to a tragic accident on September 11 when a huge crane came crashing down, killing at least 107 and injuring more than 200 people. Pilgrims from across the country, including some from India, were killed in the tragedy.

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