BJP IT cell official Sanjay Rathod tweets: Kill JNU students, professors; later deletes it

Rathod’s Twitter account has more than 1.19 lakh followers, including Gujarat’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, Govind Patel.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Updated: March 9, 2016 1:38 am
Sanjay Rathod’s controversial tweet. Sanjay Rathod’s controversial tweet.

A DAY after Delhi Police arrested a man for allegedly offering a bounty on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, a BJP worker in Gujarat suggested that the protesting students and their teachers should be shot to “close the chapter”.

Sanjay Rathod, IT cell convener of BJP’s Junagadh unit, posted on his Twitter handle Tuesday: “Shoot Anti National JNU students & Proff and close the chapter. But the problem is that Our Govt doesn’t allow to kill Dogs #WakeUpIndia”.

At 3.30 am, two minutes before his “shoot” suggestion, Rathod, 35, posted, “#Wake-UpIndia or it will be too late. There are big forces who want to break India. They are funding #antinationals & paid media.”

In yet another tweet in Hindi, he wrote, “Kal se jo 10 aatankwadi Gujarat mein ghuse hain, unme se kaun kiska beta, beti, bahu hai, yeh abhi se tay kar lein, baad mein Ishrat Jahan ki tarah lafda nahin chahiye. (Decide son, daughter, daughter-in-law among the 10 terrorists who infiltrated Gujarat yesterday. Don’t want an affair like Ishrat Jahan later.)”

Confirming that the Twitter handle in question — @Sanjay-Vis — is his account and that he stood by his posts, Rathod told The Indian Express, “As a BJP member, I am supposed to express my opinion and counter views opposed to my party. I am also supposed to support those supporting our line of thinking.”

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Rathod’s Twitter account has more than 1.19 lakh followers, including Gujarat’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, Govind Patel. His profile identifies him as a “social media expert, director Gujarati TV, IT cell convener of Junagadh BJP and a member of state working committee of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). He works as a public relations consultant with an agency in Rajkot.

His homepage has two photographs of him with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In one photograph, Modi is seen handing over a certificate to Rathod. He was felicitated by the state government in August 2012 for “creating the largest Facebook group in India, having more than 16 lakh members”. He had also conducted a poll on the site, which won the largest number of votes in favour of Modi.

Rathod has studied till Class XII, and although his tweets appear in English and Hindi, he says he is not fluent in either language. “I don’t know much English. A couple of other persons also operate the Twitter account on my behalf. The tweet (about JNU) has been posted by one of them. But I stand by it,” Rathod said. Speaking with The Indian Express, he offered to delete the tweets “if it had hurt anybody’s sentiment”.

The tweets were found deleted a few minutes later.

Kanu Bhalala, president of Junagadh district unit of BJP, confirmed that Rathod was convener of IT cell, but added that he was “not active of late”.

Kanhaiya and a few other JNU students were booked by Delhi Police for sedition after they allegedly raised “anti-India” slogans last month. While Kanhaiya is out on bail, two others, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, are in judicial custody. Opposition parties have opposed the police action.

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First Published on: March 9, 2016 1:35 am
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    IslamForFooools
    Mar 9, 2016 at 2:12 am
    As bal Thakre said, and it applies all the time, be militant against atrocities on hindus
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      IslamForFooools
      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:36 am
      Go fck your mom for producing a jihadist like u, she shud be punished, and soshould you, then I will be alright
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        IslamForFooools
        Mar 9, 2016 at 2:11 am
        I support rathodji fully, no other option for Hindus to survive against these vultures leftists and jihadists
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          Haradhan Mandal
          Mar 9, 2016 at 4:26 am
          Well, we have now lots of 'suitable and qualified' HRD Minister for the Govt of India. but the name now can be changed from HUMAN to INHUMAN.
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            Romik
            Mar 9, 2016 at 1:18 am
            JNU students should be educated to use thier creativity to make something great.( Like athe Apple Tesla creative teams!)
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              Supreme.CORRUPT.Permitted
              Mar 9, 2016 at 4:02 am
              Hasn't he been arrested yet? Oh the Supreme CORRUPT MUSTVHAVE GIVEN PERMISSION TO TWEET LIKE IT ENCOURAGEDTHE ATTACKERS OF KK.
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                Sanjay rathod
                Mar 9, 2016 at 8:24 am
                पहले तो मेरा ट्विटर एकाउंट 5 लोग सँभालते है। दूसरा आप लोगोने पूरी तरह गलत छापा है। आप के रिपोर्टर के साथ की सारी बात मेरे पास रिकॉर्ड है। और जो ट्वीट है वो पूरी तरह तोड़ी मरोड़ी हुई है । मेने सिर्फ एंटी नॅशनल स्टूडेंट लिखा है। आप ने एंटी नॅशनल हटा दिया है।
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                  Jigar
                  Mar 9, 2016 at 7:01 am
                  Wel if jnu does not have the guts to condemn those anti national slogans then please don't expect any condemnation of these statements either.
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                    ashutosh
                    Mar 9, 2016 at 5:37 am
                    Are we living in stan ...... ?
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                      Arjan
                      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:02 am
                      Kahaan milte hai bhajpa ko aise hire. Chooootiya
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                        Sundar BN
                        Mar 9, 2016 at 8:26 am
                        Look at that visage : thick lips, low forehead, thickset face with not a lucid interval of thought, Like monarch oaks that shade the plain, he spreads imbecility and intractable enmity to all those who are sadly destined to come into his cone of vision. Neanderthal to the core. Or, do we mean CroMagnun ?
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                          Sundar BN
                          Mar 9, 2016 at 8:22 am
                          See, how easy it is for even illiterate folks to talk guns, abuse of one's dignity and such other abominable actions ? That's what UP has given this country : abuse, riots, carnage inspired by an Afghanistan video uploaded by that mortal enemy Som which caused so much of macre in Muzzaffar... something. And these days, threat calls on 'phones from bering bhakts almost invariably include physical abuse if the unfortunate recipient is a woman. And, shooting down either through an ambuscade or in plain sight of the public or setting tenements on fire or looting - all of course in mobs - has become common place in this country. Did UP bequeath this trait to this hoodlum? Or, was it the Sangh that taught him to behave thus? Whatever! But, it kinda explains the taciturn acceptance by the current dispensation, of all that happens in Kashmir - the militants worshiping some treacherous terrorist's dead body, or the mull4hs yelling abominations on the PA system inter alia - without demur. Either, such dastardly acts resonate with their own mindsets or they're keen to woo the mahbuba for votes and power remains to be seen. But, threats, murder and mayhem have become pe these days. And, thereof come at the end, despondency and madness, of course.
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                            Abdul Aziz
                            Mar 9, 2016 at 6:07 am
                            BJP is full of Intolerant people.... RSS hate incubator helps to achieve this milestone.
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                              Archpagan
                              Mar 9, 2016 at 5:26 am
                              Level the Jihadi Naxalite University and turn it into a paddy field.
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                                Archpagan
                                Mar 9, 2016 at 5:35 am
                                Please don't revile Allah, he was hijacked by the 'biggest ch00000tiya of world''.
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                                  Dinesh Singh
                                  Mar 9, 2016 at 2:38 am
                                  Are re re ye bahadur kaha soya hua tha. bhejo usko kashmir me aur siachen me bade deshdrohi baithe hai waha.
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                                    donut
                                    Mar 9, 2016 at 4:44 am
                                    the biggest joke. he is voicing concerns over paid media.. but does this donkey understand that "HE IS THE PAID MEDIA" too.. hahaha.
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                                      Ruhi
                                      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:22 am
                                      Are you alright sir
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                                        Ruhi
                                        Mar 9, 2016 at 3:23 am
                                        Sick, please go to the border sir and fight for your country
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                                          tarang
                                          Mar 9, 2016 at 2:51 am
                                          RSS sangh terrorist as usual. earlier these RSS terrorist was talking of cutting oof tongue, beheading, now killing
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                                            babu
                                            Mar 9, 2016 at 3:35 am
                                            How many of these IT sells trained in stan
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