news Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 05:30
A Pune man has been arrested following anger over his anti-Muslim tweet which called for violence against the community. According to a DNA report, 20-year-old Amitesh Singh, a first-year civil engineering student, had posted the message on Twitter on May 2. The tweet said “Kill atleast 3000 Muslims tomorrow!” The tweet had attracted a lot of outrage on the social media platform with several users urging the police to take action. Anybody know who this @AmiteshSinghBJP is? Should be locked up for his hate filled, violent tweets? Will BJP/cops act against him? — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 2, 2015   Whoa! Shouldn't @amiteshsinghBJP be prosecuted for incitement? He's deleted his a/c but surely IB can find him... — Siddharth (@svaradarajan) May 3, 2015   Singh had claimed on his account on Twitter that he was a member of the BJP and the city VP of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. His account, which has subsequently been deleted, also allegedly said that he was “followed by the PM” Modi. The Pune police’s investigation revealed that Singh was neither a party-worker nor an office-bearer of the Bharatiya Janata Party, various media outlets reported. Image source: Twitter He “regretted the post and deleted it. However, excerpts of the post were shared by people who follow him on the social networking site,” Inspector Satish Nikam told The Times of India. Nikam said that Singh had been arrested after investigations revealed his involvement. The police have booked him on sections 153(a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 295(a) (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66(f) (punishment for cyber terrorism) of the IT Act.