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CRPF constable sacked, arrested for social media rant against Modi, Rajnath

The CRPF brass had warned the trooper not to violate service rules with his online rants.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2017 14:20 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
The CRPF says the constable who was sacked and arrested was a repeat offender.
The CRPF says the constable who was sacked and arrested was a repeat offender. (Representative image )

Police in upper Assam’s Jorhat district on Sunday arrested a Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh on social media platforms. The CRPF had sacked him a day before his arrest.

Pankaj Mishra, from Ara in Bihar, who was posted at CRPF’s 119 battalion at Rowriah in Jorhat was arrested following a case filed by in Jorhat police station by CRPF sub-inspector Rupram Saikia on behalf of Commandant Balram Behera.

The case has been registered under provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act for obscene acts in public, criminal intimidation etc.

“Constable Mishra was arrested on Sunday on the basis of objectionable social media posts against the Prime Minister and home minister. He was picked up from CRPF’s camp,” Jorhat deputy superintendant of police Dilip Barua said.

During the past few months Mishra had posted several video clips on a social media platform lambasting Modi, Singh, the NDA government at Centre, CRPF top brass and also the judiciary.

Read more: Kanpur police books 22 traders for posters comparing Modi to Kim Jong-un

According to the police, Mishra was earlier warned by CRPF authorities to desist from such acts, which were in violation of service rules.

In April, the constable, who was then posted in West Bengal, had posted videos criticizing the government after a relative serving in CRFP reportedly died in a Naxal attack at Sukma in Chattisgarh.

Following the incident, he was transferred to Jorhat.

Mishra was dismissed from his service on Saturday after a CRPF internal probe found him guilty of serious violations of service rules.

Following his arrest, the constable told local journalists that he has done nothing wrong and will continue to highlight problems within the force and in other areas in future.

Mishra was produced in a local court after his arrest and was sent to judicial custody.


First Published: Oct 16, 2017 14:10 IST