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Anti-Modi Whatsapp, Facebook messages bring arrests in Goa, Bangalore

A Mumbai resident’s anticipatory bail application for arrest under hate speech laws was rejected, after his anti-Modi Facebook posts led to an FIR against him under sections 153(A), 295(A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 125 of the People's Representation Act and 66-A of the Information Technology Act, reported Firstpost.

Meanwhile a student interning in Bangalore was arrested for “sending an objectionable message on PM-designate Narendra Modi”, reported the Bangalore Mirror.

According to the Firstpost report, the Mumbai resident had claimed on a Facebook group with 47,000 members that if elected to power Modi would unleash a “holocaust”. Former chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Atul Pai had filed an FIR against him in March. He said: “"The complaint is against Devu for making inflammatory statements and trying to create communal disharmony, not comments against the BJP."

The Mirror reported that the student had sent a picture message to a Belgaum activist who filed a police complaint against him. The message - a morphed picture showing the final rites of Modi being performed, attended by L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Baba Ramdev, Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi. It had a caption: Na Jeet Paye Jhooton Ka Sardar — Ab Ki Baar Antim Sanskar (A false leader will never win, this time it's final rites).

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