Prayagraj police have filed a sedition case against a person for his comment on a Facebook post on migrant workers’ issue, saying that he was “disrespecting” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Police said that Anup Singh has been booked under IPC sections 124-A (sedition), 500 (defamation), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
The case has been registered at the Shivkuti police station in Allahabad. The FIR alleges that the man made ‘aapattijanak tippanee’ (objectionable remarks) about Adityanath in response to an individual’s Facebook post.
The complaint lodged by Sub-Inspector Amrita Singh, based on which the FIR was registered, stated: “A post by Rajesh Kumar Shukla, a resident of Prayagraj, on his Facebook ID said that I can’t understand why Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did not hire UP transport (department) buses?
In this post, a resident of Allahabad, Anoop Singh, made objectionable remarks against Yogi Adityanath. He said, “Yogi kutta hai is liye (because Yogi is a dog).”
“Through his Facebook, he is trying to disturb the peace of the country and insult honorable Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” the FIR says.
The Allahabad police is yet to determine the identity of the accused. “We are investigating the case which was lodged after we received some complaints on social media from users. During the investigation, we will know about the accused. Our cyber cell teams are collecting his details. We are also going through his old posts and will track him down soon,” senior superintendent of police Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj told the Indian Express.
The complaint was lodged by sub-inspector of police Amrita Singh, based on which the FIR has been registered.