Mangaluru: 24-Yr-Old Youth Arrested For “Trolling” Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy On Facebook

The Logical Indian Crew Karnataka

August 7th, 2018 / 2:12 PM

Youth Arrested trolling Karnataka CM

Image Credits: The News Minute

A 24-year old youth, Prashanth Poojary was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka police on Saturday after he posted an ‘abusive’ meme against Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy on Facebook.

Poojary, the accused, is the administrator of a group which goes by the name ‘Kudla Trolls’ on Facebook. Only a few days after the State budget was announced, a picture was posted on the page, which showed a woman asking “Who is this?” while pointing a finger towards a picture of Kumaraswamy. The image below showed the reply to her question which was a common abusive word in English, as reported by The News Minute.

According to The Indian Express, the police got alerted only after the post started doing rounds on social media, including Instagram. Later, the DCP Uma Prashant informed the Mangaluru east police station, following which a suo motu case (the police filed the case on their own accord) was registered on Thursday. On Saturday, the accused was arrested.

“The post was derogatory in nature and could have instigated riots. Hence, we registered a suo motu case and arrested Prashanth. The post was taken down but there were a lot of fans of the Chief Minister who were getting inflamed because of the post. Also, the comment section was filled with abuses and threats,” said a CCB officer. 

While investigating the page, the police found several other political posts, of which the latest ones were criticising the State budget announced by the CM.

Reportedly, Poojary, a native of Kudla, is booked under section 153 (wantonly causing provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC.

The police further added that action would be taken against those who have made derogatory comments about Mr Kumaraswamy under Poojary’s post, as reported by The Hindu.


The Logical Indian take

Fake news, morphed photos and misinformation are the critical areas where the attention of the state machinery should be at. However, when a political leader is trolled or mocked, then the whole administration springs into action and even arrests people on a suo-motu basis. There is a thin line between defamation and satirical criticism, and defaming someone is an offence but this should not be at a cost of restricting the freedom of speech and expression which is enshrined in the Constitution.

 

Also read: Three Arrested For Circulating Morphed Photo Of Kerala CM


Contributors

Written by : Devika Deshpande (Guest Author)

Edited by :

Related Stories

Karnataka CM Looses Cool

Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy Loses Cool, Threatens Protesters With Lathi-Charge

Youth Leadership Program India

10,000 Applications From 500+ Cities, This Youth Leadership Program Is Coveted By The Passionate Youth Of India

Man Dogs Stray Saves

Mangaluru Activist Uses Reflective Collars To Save Stray Dogs From Road Accidents

After Airport Authority Cancels T M Krishna Concert Over Right-Wing Trolling, Delhi Govt Invites Him To Hold The Event In Delhi

Akai Mahalinga Naik

From 2-Acre Barren Land To Farm With More Than 700 Trees & Plants, Meet The One-Man Army From Mangaluru

School Principal Suresh Shetty

Mangaluru: Govt School Principal Pays Rs 1000 To Each Student Out Of His Pocket To Encourage Admissions

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Sex Ratio At Birth Drops To 896 During 2015-17, Nearly 1.1 Crore Girls Have Gone Missing In India

News

Himachal Pradesh: 13 Army Personnel Killed, 28 Injured After Building Collapsed Due To Heavy Rain

News

Pakistan Opens Its Airspace After 140 Days Of Balakot Strike; Indian Flights Start Using The Closed Air Routes

News

Senior Lawyer And Rajya Sabha Member KTS Tulsi Introduces Bill For Gender Neutral Rape Law

News

Bihar Floods: 44 Lives Lost And 70 Lakh Affected

Fact Check

Fact Check: No, Drinking Cold Drinks Are Not Mixed With Ebola Virus-Infected Blood

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.