Assam writer Sikh Sarma was arrested on charges of treason and sent to judicial custody on Wednesday for his alleged remarks on social media against Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Sikh Sarma posted on Facebook on April 5, two days after the brutal killing of security personnel: “Those who died while on duty cannot be called martyrs. In that case, an employee of the electricity department was also martyred. Will. He dies due to electrocution. Media does not make people emotional. “
The post sparked controversy with over 11,000 comments and at least 1,600 shares in Facebook.
Police registered a case under Section 124 A (sedition), 294 A (holding lottery office), 500 (defamation) and 506 (criminal intimidation), along with Section 45 (residual punishment) of the IT Act, on the complaint of two BJP workers. . Monday.
Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta told PTI, “He was arrested last night and today we produced him in Kamrup (Metro) district court. We did not take police custody. He has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. “
On 3 April, suspected Maoists killed 22 security personnel of different forces and injured 31 others in an ambush in Chhattisgarh.
Among them, two CRPF jawans – Inspector Dilip Kumar Das and Constable Babul Rabha, who were killed from Assam, caused grief to the people in the state.
Earlier, Sikh Sarma faced rape threats against the ruling BJP in the state on social media in his regular posts.
He had filed a police complaint on this and no action has been taken against anyone.
In 2017, the ministries of defense and home told the Central Information Commission in response to an RTI question that the army or police did not have the word “martyr” or “martyr” and instead called a soldier or policeman killed in action. . A “battle casualty” or “operation casualty” respectively.