A BJP leader in Tamil Nadu was arrested on Friday, for spreading fake news on Twitter, alleging the death of a sanitation worker in Madurai.
The arrested leader is BJP’s state general-secretary SG Suryah.
In the same tweet, Suryah attacked Madurai MP Venkatesan for his silence on the incident, the Madurai district police has denied about any such incident to have happened.
The BJP has condemned the arrest with the state president accusing the Tamil Nadu government of using the police to curtail free speech. BJP TN President K Annamalai said Suryah’s only mistake was to expose the double standards of the communists, allies of DMK. He further added that the state government is using state machinery to suppress free speech. He said the Stalin government is insensitive to the slightest form of criticism.
He said the Tamil Nadu CM is turning the state into a lawless jungle, such arrests are not going to deter them in taking the voice of truth against the Stalin administration and they would continue to raise their voices for the truth.
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar also speaking about the arrest said is a violation of fundamental rights. Madurai Police Commissioner Narenthiran Nayar told the media that there was no such incident happened in Madurai.
Suryah had written a letter of complaint to the Communist Party of India (CPI) councilor Vishwanathan that a sanitation worker had died on the job as he was forced to work in faecal water and sewage, which led to him developing an allergic reaction in his body and ultimately leading to his death.
The BJP leader slammed Vishwanathan for his double standards for forcing the poor sanitation worker to resort to manual scavenging.
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