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The News Minute | January 15, 2015 | 9.55 am IST Senior journalist and media adviser to the Chief Minister of Karnataka Dinesh Amin Mattu has lodged a complaint with the Bengaluru police of threats he has received on social platforms. According to the complaint registered with the Vidhana Soudha police station on Wednesday against four people, Amin Mattu has said that the group had orchestrated an online campaign against him.  He said that an article that he wrote about Swami Vivekananda around three years ago for Kannada daily Prajavani had been posted by a friend of his Facebook. He said that some members of the Facebook group Nilume had abused him in filthy language and had even threatened assault upon reading the article.  Police have registered a case against the administrator of the group Rakesh Shetty and three others under section 66A of the IT Act and Sections 505, 506, 504, and 500 of the IPC. Dinesh Amin Mattu's article when he was with Prajavani spoke about Swami Vivekananda. When it was published, right-wing groups and RSS affiliated student groups like the ABVP took objection to the article. One of the objections they raised was calling Vivekananda a "dull boy" (daDDa in Kannada). Amin Mattu had written that by conventional standards and ideas of intelligence, Vivekananda was poor in studies and would have been what was considered a dull student. However, he argued that Vivekananda went on to become a great and influential thinker whose ideas had a great impact on the people of his times and thereafter. In a Facebook post on his wall on January 12, Amin Mattu said that after he warned them about filing a complaint, two people who had abused him apologised in private and also agreed to apologise in public, where they had abused him. The article has since been removed, but on January 14, some supporters of the group on Facebook have started a twitter hashtag called #IamWithNilume. Some among them accused Amin Mattu of trying to gag the media and some even drew parallels with Charlie Hebdo. One of the most prominent supporters of the group is Chakravarthi Sulibele. He said on January 14.  Dinesh amin mattu media advisor to CM wrote an article criticizing Svamiji. When questioned says he will go to cyber crime! #IamwithNilume — Chakravarty Sulibele (@astitvam) January 14, 2015 #IamwithNilume let us fight.. — Chakravarty Sulibele (@astitvam) January 14, 2015 #satyamevajayate,#IamwithNilume,#freedomofspeech #intelectualfascism @astitvam @KiranKS @pvaidyaraj @prasca pic.twitter.com/F31THpJr3d — Rakesh Shetty (@rakishetty) January 14, 2015 Charles Hebdo right before our eyes? Siddaramaiah's media advisor, Dinesh Aminmattu & gang trying to gag Nilume FB group! #IAmWithNilume — Prashanth ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ (@pvaidyaraj) January 14, 2015 Dear @CMofKarnataka, efforts on to gag freespeech by ur own media advisor, out to target Nilume FB group. Do u endorse this? #IAmWithNilume — Prashanth ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ (@pvaidyaraj) January 14, 2015 Check #IamwithNilume and say no to attack on #FreeSpeech in Karnataka. Atrocious that CM's press adviser leads the effort to gag free speech — Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) January 14, 2015 Read the original article posted by someone on Facebook on January 12: Post by Putta Honnegowda H. Tweet

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