Bengaluru Police Arrests Karnataka BJP Social Media Convenor Over ‘Objectionable Post’ Amid Lok Sabha Poll – News18

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Karnataka BJP Social Media Convenor Prasant Makanur. (Photo: News18)

Karnataka BJP Social Media Convenor Prasant Makanur. (Photo: News18)

The action comes a day after the Bengaluru Police summoned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda and the party’s IT Cell chief Amit Malviya over the ‘objectionable post’ that allegedly intimidated scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities against voting for a candidate in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Bengaluru Police has arrested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka unit’s social media convenor, Prasant Makanur, over an objectionable post on social media platform X that allegedly violated the model code of conduct and promoted hatred.

The action comes a day after the Bengaluru Police summoned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda and the party’s IT Cell chief Amit Malviya over the ‘objectionable post’ that allegedly intimidated scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities against voting for a candidate in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

A notice was issued to the leaders by the Investigating Officer of the Highgrounds Police in Bengaluru on Wednesday. They have been given a week to appear for investigation.

“For the purpose of investigation of the said case, you are hereby directed to appear before the undersigned investigation officer at 11 am at High Grounds Police Station within seven days of receipt of this notice,” the summons read.

The move came after an FIR was registered against Nadda, Malviya and Karnataka unit chief B Y Vijayendra on Monday in connection with a social media post allegedly intimidating members of the SC and ST communities not to vote for a particular candidate.

The police action came following a complaint lodged by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) with the Election Commission and police on Sunday alleging a violation of the model code of conduct.

BJP leaders were booked under the sections of the Representation of People Act and Section 505 (2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said.

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