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Woman held for shouting slogans against Centre in Tamil Nadu-bound flight

Leaders of various political parties criticised the police’s “high handedness” and demanded the woman’s immediate release.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2018 22:35 IST
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A BJP leader got into a verbal duel with the student and lodged a complaint with the police.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo)

A woman who shouted slogans against the “fascist” Modi government in an aircraft in the presence of Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan was on Monday arrested when the plane landed in Thoothukudi.

Sophia (25), who is said to be pursuing research in Canada, was returning home and was seated behind Soundararajan’s third row seat. Suddenly she got up and shouted slogans against the BJP and the “fascist” government at the Centre, creating a flutter in the aircraft.

On landing in Thoothukudi, the BJP leader got into a verbal duel with the student and lodged a complaint with the police who arrested her.

Soundararajan later told the media that the girl student rose in a “menacing” manner against her and felt there was a threat to her life in the manner in which she protested.

“She is not an ordinary person,” the BJP leader said, adding she suspected her “background” and that there must be some “organisation” behind her protest which should be probed.

Leaders of various political parties, including the CPI-M, CPI and PMK, criticised the police “high handedness” and demanded the woman’s immediate release.

They also said Soundararajan should have handled the issue in a mature manner without resorting to gimmicks. The incident only showed that young people in the country were angry with the Central government, they said.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 22:35 IST