Insurance agent held in Patiala after Sikhs object to Facebook post

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 14:32 IST

A life-insurance agent is charged with posting derogatory remarks on Facebook against a Sikh Guru. Accused Shyam Sunder was remanded in the judicial custody after police arrested him on Wednesday under the Information Technology (IT) Act.

Police registered a case under Sections 295-A (acts to outrage religious sentiments), 153-A, (promoting religious enmity between groups), and Sections 67 (publishing of obscene information) and 67-A (abusive language) of the IT Act on the complaint of Patiala’s Kamaljit Singh.

”On Wednesday, a delegation of city residents complained that Sunder had hurt their religious sentiments by the post. We have arrested him and the investigation into his motive is on,” Kotwali station house officer (SHO) Gurpreet Singh said. “His remarks against our first Guru and his asking for pushing Sikhs out of Punjab are both unacceptable,” said the complainant.

The post was published around 11pm on August 10. “He might have deleted it since,” said the complainant. “But we have submitted the copy of the August 10 page to police.”

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