Two arrested for sharing sarcastic WhatsApp message against BJP MLA Sangeet Som
The post accused the BJP MLA from Meerut’s Sardhana constituency Sangeet Som of being ignorant about an incident where a 14-year-old girl was set ablaze by six people on August 17.india Updated: Aug 27, 2018 18:28 IST
Two people, including a compounder, were arrested on Monday for allegedly sharing a sarcastic message against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Meerut’s Sardhana constituency Sangeet Som on WhatsApp, police said.
The post accused the MLA of being ignorant about an incident where a 14-year-old girl was set ablaze by six people on August 17. She is struggling for her life at a hospital in Delhi. The six accused were subsequently arrested.
In-charge of Sardhana police station Dilip Singh said on the complaint of BJP’s Sardhana city unit president Vinod Jain, the police lodged a case under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and arrested Aijaz Khatri and Mohd Anas for sharing the objectionable post.
“Anas is a compounder at a clinic while Aijaz is jobless. They forwarded an objectionable post in a WhatsApp group of traders which also has a few BJP leaders as members,” he said.
The WhatsApp post read: “Som is missing since August 15. Please come back. No one will say anything to you in connection with the Sardhana incident. You do not worry about the issue because the victim was not your daughter. Your only concern is to get votes. No one will measure your chest.”
The publisher of the post also announced a reward of Rs 101 to the person who would give information regarding Som’s whereabouts.
Though Som had visited the hospital and assured the girl’s family that all possible help would be provided for her treatment and strict action would be taken against the accused.
However, people claimed that the MLA swung into action only after NGOs and local residents hit the streets to demand justice for the girl.
Som who is attending the assembly session in Lucknow could not be contacted for comments.
First Published: Aug 27, 2018 17:45 IST