Indian police arrests 4 people over allegations of "defaming" Uttar Pradesh chief

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-10 15:22:49|Editor: xuxin
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NEW DELHI, June 10 (Xinhua) -- At least four people including a freelance journalist and an editor were arrested by police in the past two days over allegations of "defaming" northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media, police said Monday.

The latest arrest was made on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur, the stronghold of Adityanath.

"The complaint against the accused was received on twitter," police said in a statement on Sunday evening. "He was arrested for posting objectionable content against Yogi Adityanath. A mobile phone was also seized from the man."

Police also displayed photograph of the person on social media.

This is the fourth such arrest.

Earlier on Saturday, a freelance journalist, an editor of a private TV news channel and its owner were arrested over contents that police described objectionable to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

"The Editors Guild of India condemns the arrest of Noida-based journalist Prashant Kanojia and the editor and head of a Noida-based television channel, Nation Live - Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla- by the Uttar Pradesh government," the editors' body said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the editors' body, the police case was based on the journalist sharing on twitter the video of a woman claiming a "relationship" with the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

"The television channel had broadcast a video on the same issue. Whatever the accuracy of the woman's claims, to register a case of criminal defamation against the journalists for sharing it on the social media and airing it on a television channel is a brazen misuse of law," the statement added.