The Kerala Police on Friday booked an information technology professional for his Facebook post against Bharatiya Janata Party voters in the aftermath of the Kathua case. Deepak Sankaranarayanan’s remarks, which called for action against those who supported the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, were dubbed as a call for violence.
The complaint was filed by BJP state media convenor and state committee member Sandeep R Vachaspathi. The cyber police summoned the complainant and recorded his statement, reported Mathrubhoomi.
“We have booked Deepak under sections 153 A and 153 B of the IPC [Indian Penal Code], for promoting enimity between religious groups,” the cyber police told The News Minute. “More sections under the IT Act will be slapped on him after scrutiny. It is a non-bailable offence and we will soon record his statement.” If convicted, he could face upto five years in jail.
On April 12, Sankaranarayanan wrote that the crime against the eight-year-old girl in Kathua was carried out with the consent of 31% of the Indian democracy. The BJP’s vote share in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was 31%. “Justice should prevail even if it means shooting the 31% of people [this is twice the causality during second world war] who supported Hindutva terrorism,” his post read. “Democracy is for every individual, whatever be the number of people standing against it.”
He later deleted the post, and on April 16 clarified that it was a “call for justice for an individual irrespective of the number of people opposing it, which is the very basic of our great Constitution”.