In a shocking incident, a class XI student was arrested and sent to jail for allegedly posting derogatory comments on Facebook against Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Azam Khan.
Reports say that Rampur police arrested Vicky Khan, a student of Woodrow School in Bareilly district of UP, after Azam Khan’s media in-charge Fasahat Ali lodged a complaint against the school boy.
On Tuesday, the boy was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a court. Vicky at present is lodged in the Rampur district jail.
The police picked up Vicky from his residence on Monday evening and kept him in the lock-up. Vicky has been booked under Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act and other Sections of IPC.
According to a newspaper report, the SHO of Ganj Kotwali police station said that the Facebook post was derogatory, against a community and was wrongly attributed to the SP leader.
Azam Khan is a MLA from Rampur region.
Few days back an FIR was lodged against Varanasi tourism officer Ravinder Kumar Mishra for uploading objectionable pictures of Azam Khan and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on social networking sites.
In 2013, Dalit writer Kanwal Bharti was arrested by the UP police for posting a Facebook update critical of the Akhilesh government’s suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.