Kerala man arrested for seditious FB comment insulting Pathankot martyr Lt Col Niranjan

Lt Col Niranjan died while defusing an explosive amid the terror attack at the IAF base in Pathankot

Written by Vishnu Varma | New Delhi | Published:January 5, 2016 3:39 pm
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A man in Malappuram district in Kerala was arrested under sedition charges for a derogatory Facebook comment on Lt Col E K Niranjan, who died in the terror attack at the Pathankot Air Force base, police said.

The post, which was written in Malayalam, can be translated as “One trouble is less now. Now his wife will get a job and money. Common people will get nothing. What a stinking democracy!”

“His Facebook post was seen as promoting enmity among people, insulting a martyr and undermining the Indian democracy. Anwar Sadhik was arrested last night and was charged under Section 124 B,” said Shah Jahan, SI at Chevayur police station where the complaint was registered.

Anwar was reportedly posing as a journalist working for the regional Madhyamam newspaper on Facebook. It was the newspaper that filed the complaint against Anwar as it feared the Facebook remark would tarnish the reputation of the newspaper. Police said the newspaper denied having any such employee.

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Anwar, 24, is a resident of Kodur in Malappuram district and is employed as a helper in a ration shop. If convicted, Anwar may face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Lt Col Niranjan, who was laid to rest today at his native village of Elambulassery in Palakkad district, died while defusing an explosive from a terrorist’s body in Pathankot. Niranjan is part of the bomb detection squad at NSG and was posted in Delhi. He is survived by his wife Radhika and a two-year-old daughter. Tributes are pouring in for the young NSG martyr across social media platforms.

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  1. K
    Jan 9, 2016 at 8:27 am
    Please read it clearly.. The individual has also made an attempt to tarnish the image of newspaper by posing it's journalist... The complaint is lodged by news agency against him... Regarding the remark of individual... Let me tell you this country is also home to thankless es who won't thank their own mother for bringing them to this world..rather they label her as low moral women which gave birth to them because she wanted to have fun...
    1. P
      Jan 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm
      I have three option for this rotten egg: Send him to stan if he is a Shiite, Ahmedya or Sufi, so that they kill him. Send him to Saudi Arabia for executing like the do every day. Final answer is to put him before the firing sqaud in India. He deserves no leniency. He has hurt beyond description.
      1. M
        Jan 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm
        Only a low life can have such an opinion about someone sacrificing his life for others!
        1. N
          Jan 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm
          Well said jeewn and @ jimmy- first have a gut to take bullet on chest than talk about freedom of speech u creep.....if this is called freedom of speech than i am better off with it.
          1. O
            original bengaltiger
            Jan 6, 2016 at 4:04 am
            Proud of our brave Indian soldiers. They have laid down their lives for the Motherland. People who are so cheap that they can make fun of our Brave Soldiers and Martyrs must be shown the strictest treatment by Law. Jai Hind!!! We are proud of you Lt. Col. E.K.Niranjan!!! You are the true son of Mother India !!!!!
            1. A
              Jan 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm
              I hate indian system ... life imprisonment for holding an opinion or saying something hurtful ... RIP freedom of speech in india
              1. W
                Jan 6, 2016 at 10:51 am
                1. R
                  Jan 5, 2016 at 11:21 am
                  Cut this man's Pen## and limbs and make him beg on streets. No one should dare to insult the brave soldiers serving for our nation
                  1. A
                    Avtar Chauhan
                    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                    So sad! Avoidable remarks! The law of the land should take care of such people, accordingly!
                    1. T
                      Jan 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                      The col is a hero and anwar is an ignorant boy to say that. But Anwar has the right freedom of speech. If the police catch him, only means India is not democracy but another communism country and also a country which is very corrupted and polluted.
                      1. B
                        bharat thakur
                        Jan 15, 2016 at 11:55 pm
                        the individual posted his opinion, it is a democratic country
                        1. B
                          Brahma Vishnu
                          Jan 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                          OMG, holy cow, how come terrorist RSS bhakts are free. how is terrorist Togadia is still free and creating public animosity? you terrorist bhakts in police uniforms and law agencies, go catch the real terrorists in NAGPUR, who is responsible for creating animosity and responsible for the death of millions of people since independence.
                          1. K
                            Jan 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm
                            Nobody that I know believes one word coming out of dopey Jaitley. I would not trust him even if my life depended on it. If BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know whose presence made it happen. Remember that he lost the elections! But he managed to get in. But now, if BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know who to blame. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media.
                            1. L
                              Lokapure C
                              Jan 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm
                              Israeli security expert Benj Sircki writes in his essay ' Beyond Imagination' about local support to alien terrorist that - 'No outside terrorist can successfully carry out terrorist attack without local sympathizers and help'. If a youth from religious fanatic community can openly comment so viciously about our brave soldier who laid down his life for this country, then how many more million youths from this fanatic community may have had and will be willing to help actively to attacking foreign terrorists ? This is a very serious issue which must be tackled firmly using brutal force by all peace loving countries and religions coming together.
                              1. H
                                Jan 5, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                this is a mentality problem among a section of ppl, if we treat one person then others will follow for sure. but this congi sarkar has the guts that is the qn
                                1. C
                                  Jan 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                                  An absolute sick mind
                                  1. C
                                    Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                                    Jan 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm
                                    It is wonderful that today the Nation at large do not hear the comments from Congress Party through its so called secular spokespersons that he has given consutional right under freedom of speech ! All so called secular samajwadi, CPM and Owasi's party will loudly speak the consutional right for this man.
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                                      Deepak B
                                      Jan 9, 2016 at 12:56 am
                                      Yes, but one punishable with life imprisonment? Sounds like a dictatorship run by a thin-skinned evil genius ("death to below avg IQ or insensitive ppl!"). I don't mind a proportionate legal response or even him being bashed up and some sense knocked into (this being India). But death or life being cheerfully advocated by many for a FB post... what would you do with actual murderers, rapists, proven spies?
                                      1. D
                                        Deepak B
                                        Jan 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm
                                        Whaaat? LIfe imprisonment for essentially a thought crime?
                                        1. D
                                          Jan 5, 2016 at 11:14 am
                                          Now what kind of intolerance is this?? Siculars, AAPTARDS, CON-gis, leftists, mamta,lalu-nitish: any explanation/justification for this??
                                          1. F
                                            Jan 7, 2016 at 10:56 am
                                            I also support free speech but this may be more serious matter of giving implied support or signal to terrorists. The location gives a clue, a place where there were old tensions and recent flareups, Malapuram, Malabar, google "Mopla" and you'll see what I refer to.
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