Chandrapur based Baliraj Dhote was arrested for posting ‘offensive’ comments on social media against RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Police arrested Dhote, who is said to run something called ‘self-respect movement, from his house at 4 am on Sunday after BJP’s IT cell filed a complaint against him. Dhote, who was sent to magisterial custody, has been booked under Sections 354 1(iv) (sexual harassment) and 505(2) (public mischief to inciting people against each other) of the IPC and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act (transmitting sexually explicit matter).
As per a report in Indian Express, Superintendent of Police Maheshwar Reddy, “We have arrested him under the above sections because he posted offensive and obscene content on both WhatsApp and Facebook. One of his posts had said that revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was represented by a Muslim lawyer while a Hindu lawyer linked to RSS had pleaded the case against him. He had posted another content that showed PM Modi and Union minister Smriti Irani in a bad light. These posts had created disquiet in the city and posed a threat to peace in the city.”
Earlier, Dhote had also reportedly posted about State Minister for Finance and Forest Sudhir Mungantiwar. He’d said that the minister would smuggle liquor in the alcohol-prohibited district Chandrapur. However, Reddy said that it was a non-combustible offence.