Journalist Aakar Patel booked over his Twitter post

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A Bangalore police station registered an FIR against Aakar Patel, noted journalist, writer and human rights activist, for his post on Twitter. In his post, he quoted a tweet by one of the US media houses.

Here are five components of the story:

  • The Colorado Times Recorder had tweeted a video clip showing thousands of people gathering near Colorado’s Capitol Building to protest against the alleged custodial murder of George Floyd.
  • This post was retweeted by Patel underlining, “We need protests like these from dalits, muslims, adivasis, poor and women. World will notice. Protest is a craft.”
  • In this regard, Nagaraja D R, a police inspector attached to JC Nagar station accused the writer with charges of provoking and instigating people belonging to minority communities to organize similar protests across India.
  • According to the FIR, Patel has been booked under IPC Section 505 (1) (b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offense against the State or the public tranquillity) 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 117 (abetting commission of an offense by the public or by more than ten persons).
  • Responding to the incident, Aakar Patel said, “I don’t think the case should have been registered. I don’t think it will go anywhere.”
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