Police in Amreli have booked seven persons for allegedly making offensive remarks against former Gujarat minister Dilip Sanghani on Facebook, a day after BJP suffered massive defeat in the local body polls in Rajkot.
An FIR was registered against the seven persons after Kamlesh Sanghani, nephew of the former agriculture minister, filed a complaint with the city police Saturday evening.
Hitu Patel, Hitesh Dudhat, Feroz Bhatti, Nikunj Dobariya, H P Sanghani, Sanjay Rupapara and Jitu Nasit, all named in the complaint, have been booked under Section 66 (A) (b) of the Information Technology Act, 2003, and Section 504 of the IPC for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace.
“We have registered an offence in this connection under the IT Act. We are looking for IP (internet protocol) addresses of the seven accused who made objectionable comments against Sanghani and also abused him,” Inspector P P Chaudhari said on Sunday. No arrest has been made so far.
The alleged offensive comments, according to the complainant, were posted on Facebook on December 3, a day after BJP lost elections to Amreli and Bagasara Municipalities and also all but one taluka panchayat in the Patidar-dominated district. Nalin Kotadiya, BJP MLA from Dhari Assembly seat in the district, had openly supported the Patidar agitation for quota benefits, and appealed people to defeat his own party in the local body polls.