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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 !!!!!
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