Eight Arrested In India for Mocking Dead Defense Chief on Social Media

At least eight people have been arrested, two booked and one suspended from a government job across India over social media posts mocking the death of General Bipin Rawat.

The arrests were made in Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka, Rajasthan, and from Tamil Nadu states of the country.

Police said most of the arrests have taken place in Rajasthan state where suspects Manish Kumar Meena, 28, and Jeevanlal Ninama, 25 were arrested.

According to the police, Meena and Ninama had hurt public sentiments after putting up posts on Facebook.

Jawaad Khan, 21 was also arrested in Tonk district of Rajasthan for alleged inappropriate remarks on Instagram about the death of Gen. Rawat.

Another two suspects were arrested in Gujarat, and both posed allegedly objectionable comments on social media over Gen. Rawat’s death.

In Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district, a tribal youth leader, Durgesh Vaskale was arrested over offensive remarks on Facebook and accused of regularly posting inflammatory material.

Vaskale was arrested under IPC Sections 297 (trespassing to wound religious feelings), and accused of rejoicing over the “martyrdom” of Rawat and the others, and tried to disturb social harmony.

There were two more suspects that were arrested in the Karnataka state for alleged derogatory messages over Rawat’s death on Facebook.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai instructed police to take action against “perverted minds” who tweet “derogative, celebratory messages” over the crash.

“Every Indian should strongly condemn this act… against the man who led the armed forces to defend the country,” said Bommai.

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