Abhyudaya Kotnala TNN


A 26-year-old man was arrested by Uttarkashi police for posting an objectionable message on social media against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.

According to sources, the accused, identified as Rajpal Singh, a resident of Dairika village in Purola block of Uttarkashi district posted a message on social media, in which he allegedly criticised the works of CM Rawat and urged PM Narendra Modi to take action against the CM for “inefficiency.”

However, local BJP workers raised objection over the use of foul language in the post and complained to police following which, the accused was arrested on Sunday.

Rituraj Singh Rawat, Purola police station in-charge told TOI, “We received a complaint and booked the accused under section 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC . We will present him in court on Monday.”

Speaking about the matter, local BJP leader Pawan Nautiyal said, “The democratic set-up in the country grants every citizen the right to raise their voice against the policies and work process of the government, if they don’t like it. However, people should not misuse their freedom of speech and express opinions in an indecent way. The remarks made by Singh were downright abusive.”

Meanwhile, Dalveer Singh, father of the accused, who is also a former statehood agitator, expressed dissatisfaction over the police action. “This is nothing but autocratic rule of the BJP government in the state. What was the need for such a haste in arresting my son?”