A journalist based in Hisar in Haryana has been accused of “cyber terrorism” and “promoting enmity between classes” on one of his social media posts.
The Haryana Police had registered a case against Rajesh Kundu, who runs a news portal, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act on Friday.
Opposition leaders including Randeep Singh Surjewala, Kumari Selja, Congress’s Dependra Singh Hooda and INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala have condemned the action taken against Rajesh Kundu and demanded immediate withdrawal of the case.
Police said the journalist has been accused of promoting enmity between different sections, which is prone to prejudice of national integration and cyber terrorism.
According to the FIR, in a social media post, Rajesh Kundu had said that Hisar would witness a caste-based violence in a week and it would be a blueprint for an experiment in the state and then the country.
The FIR was lodged by an officer of Hisar Police.
District police spokesperson Vikas said in his complaint that the provocative messages, which may incite the public, were allegedly sent from Rajesh Kundu’s mobile phone number to the WhatsApp group and Facebook and could have an impact on maintaining peace.
Therefore, a case should be registered against him, the complainant demanded.
On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for “fostering enmity between classes”, “allegations, confirmation of prejudices for national integration” and “cyber terrorism” of the IT Act. 9 April.
Rajesh Kundu is largely covering the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the Center’s three new agricultural laws.
The FIR also drew a sharp reaction from Haryana journalists as well as opposition parties, who criticized the police action.
Opposition leaders claimed that a case had been registered against Mr. Kundu as he was raising the voice of farmers through his social media handle.
Randeep Singh Sajewala said in a tweet, “When the government could not break the ongoing farmer movement, it lodged an FIR against journalist Rajesh Kundu, who has become the voice of the farmers. Neither can this voice be suppressed and Nor to the peasant movement. “
Journalists in Hisar held an emergency meeting at the Public Works Department Rest House on Saturday evening and criticized the police for registering a case against Mr. Mundu.
The Chandigarh Press Club also condemned the filing of an FIR against Hisar’s journalist.
“Kundu was vocal in raising the voice of farmers during the ongoing agitation against the three agricultural laws. Now, Hisar Police on an alleged message posted on a WhatsApp group for” cyber terrorism “and” promoting communal discrimination ” They have been accused. Facebook, “Press Club general secretary Saurabh Duggal said in a statement.
The statement noted that Mr. Kundu stated that he was “merely performing his duty as a responsible citizen and as a journalist, regarding his apprehension of violence based on information obtained through sources” By sharing a post “.
The press club statement quoted Rajesh Kundu as saying, “With this post, I just wanted to warn people so that such a situation can be prevented.”
The Press Club said that under these circumstances, it is highly reprehensible to file a criminal case against the journalist. Not only this, the police have raided many places in Hisar to create fear among the media fraternity. Will take up the matter with the Chief Minister.