The Mumbai Police have arrested a 38-year-old homoeopathic doctor after a resident complained that he had made derogatory remarks about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, as well as anti-Hindu and anti-Brahminical posts, on his Facebook account, ANI reported.
The police registered a First Information Report against the doctor, Sunilkumar Nishad, on May 11 on the basis of a complaint filed by a person identified as Ravindra Tiwari, who claims to be a social activist. Nishad was arrested while he was on his way to the Mumbai sessions court, which he had approached for anticipatory bail. The police were reportedly looking for him for two days.
Tiwari claimed that the posts and comments were “anti-Hindu” and “anti-Brahminical”, The Indian Express reported. “Based on the statement given by Tiwari, we registered an FIR under Section 295 (A) of the IPC [deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs],” said senior Inspector Vilas Jadhav. The FIR also mentions that Nishad also made derogatory comments against Thakur.
Tiwari told The Indian Express that Nishad had been writing against Hindus and Brahmins on social media for the past two years. “Over the past few days, he kept posting derogatory posts, so we decided to approach the police and give a written application,” he said. “The police were very cooperative and registered an FIR the next day.” Another person had registered a police complaint six months ago, Tiwari added.
According to Nishad’s Facebook page, he is a member of the Minority Communities Employees Federation, or BAMCEF. The organisation was founded by Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kanshi Ram.
In some of his posts, Nishad had also questioned the efficiency of electronic voting machines. The court proceedings were scheduled to begin on Thursday.