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DIDN’T MAKE, ONLY SHARED’ BJP man held for defamatory video about Tewari’s family

May 05, 2019 05:49 AM

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA MAY 5

DIDN’T MAKE, ONLY SHARED’
BJP man held for defamatory video about Tewari’s family
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Ropar:

BJP’s vice-president of Ropar unit Naresh Chawla was on Saturday sent to 14-day judicial custody after he was arrested for allegedly circulating a defamatory video with fake claims against Anandpur Sahib Congress candidate Manish Tewari’s father.


The police had registered an FIR on May 2 against unidentified persons at Ropar City police station after Tewari had lodged a complaint with the Election

Commission of India and Punjab police seeking action against miscreants for spreading false and malicious propaganda against him and his family on social media.

A defamatory video had gone viral on social media containing allegations that Tewari’s father, late Prof VN Tewari was involved in anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and that petrol was supplied from his petrol pump free of charge during the riots.

Tewari clarified that his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984 in Chandigarh — six months before the anti-Sikh riots — and he or his family had never owned any petrol pump in the country.

The police claimed that Chawla had uploaded the video on his official Facebook account and had circulated it to a number of contacts on WhatsApp.

The police have identified two Chandigarh residents, who would be arrested soon.

A case was registered against them under IPC sections, including outraging religious sentiments and defaming maliciously.

“We arrested the accused, Naresh Chawla late on Friday evening for circulating the video. The investigation is underway and the accused who compiled and uploaded the video will be arrested very soon. Naresh had only circulated the video from his social media accounts. A few more accused have been identified and two of them are from Chandigarh,” Ropar SSP Swapan Sharma said.

Sitting Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra claimed he was unaware of any arrest in the case but Ropar BJP leaders are alleging that police had falsely booked Chawla and instead should arrest the accused who had made this video and uploaded it on the internet.

“The police should reach out to the accused who had compiled the video and uploaded on the internet first. Our leader just had forwarded the video as he did not know much about the past of Tewari or his father. This is just a pressure tactic being used by the ruling Punjab Congress to pressure and threaten the BJP workers in this constituency,” BJP’s Ropar unit president Jatinder Atwal said

 
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