The online battle between fans of actor Vijay and the Tamil Nadu BJP is now seeing consequences offline, after a Vijay fan was arrested for posting derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media. The arrest was made by Srivilliputhur police in Virudhunagar district , reports ToI.
Action was reportedly taken after BJP District secretary filed a complaint in the police station, alleging that a Facebook user with the name 'Sachin Thiru' has posted derogatory comments on the Prime Minister on his Facebook page. According to reports, he spoke about how the PM was 'roaming around the country and will be taught a lesson'.
The police who were looking into the case figured that the comments were put up from an area called Ramakrishnapuram. Investigations revealed that the fan's name was S Thirumurugan and he was unemployed. He has been reportedly booked under CrPC section 505 for conducing public mischief and IPC section 67 IT ACT, 2008 for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
The battle between fans and BJP members began after the party demanded that references to the Centre's initiatives such as Digital India and incorrect analysis of the Goods and Services Tax be removed from Vijay's latest movie 'Mersal'. This led to a war of words on social media.
BJP state President Tamilisai Soundararajan has even filed a complaint against Twitter users and several numbers that have been calling and abusing her over the matter.