Noida: A trader was arrested in Greater Noida for allegedly sharing an “offensive” Facebook post against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The accused, identified as Chand Quraishi, is a resident of Jewar town and was arrested on Wednesday evening, they said. Also Read - 'Those Who Wish For Death...' Yogi Adityanath Sparks Controversy Over CAA Violence
Quraishi has been booked under the Indian Penal Code section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), among others, police said. Also Read - Tech-savvy Cabinet: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Will Give All His Ministers iPads
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A police official told PTI, “Quraishi had shared a post on Facebook which was deemed offensive against the chief minister. A complaint was filed at Jewar police station by a local resident after which the accused, a trader, was arrested.”
In June 2019, two persons were arrested in UP’s Gorakhpur district for allegedly making objectionable comments on social media against the chief minister.
Prior to that, a Noida-based journalist, the head, and the editor of a private TV news channel were also arrested over “objectionable content” against Adityanath.
(With agency inputs)