Indian man arrested for calling his village ‘Mini Pakistan’

NEW DELHI: Police in the second largest Indian state detained a 32-year-old man for allegedly calling his village ‘Mini Pakistan’ on social media giant Facebook, Indian news media said Friday.

Reports in Indian media cited that the man, Abrar Khan a resident of the Gurh area of Rewa district Madhya Pradesh, has been apprehended for referring to his village as ‘mini Pakistan’ in a Facebook post. The man used to work in an oil field in a Gulf state and has returned to his village due to the Covid pandemic.

The investigation officer told newsmen that the accused has been booked under Section 153 [wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot] of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of IT Act.

He went on to say that local residents and politicians had filed complaints against Khan for his involvement in a perfidious act on social media.

Reports quoting sources said Abrar shared a photograph of his village. ‘See Amreti- a mini Pakistan’ the ‘triggering’ caption reads.

It further stated that the 32-year-old termed his caption ‘a casual remark’. People from the adjourning areas mocked his Muslim-populated village as ‘a mini Pakistan’. The area is reportedly one of the Muslim community-dominated villages in the Rewa district.

Soon after the incident, the local law enforcers intimidated residents not to indulge in such activities and investigate details of people who liked/shared, or commented on his post on Facebook. As for now, further investigations are underway.

The South Asian country seems obsessive with the neighboring country as a village pradhan was nabbed in UP’s Amethi in May this year for promising ‘Naya Pakistan’ while taking out a victory procession.

Junaid Bin Usman
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