A VHP leader who posted an offensive comment against Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp was arrested from Balwadi village of Barwani district on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody.
Sanjay Bhawsar, the vice-president of VHP’s Barwani district unit, was arrested around 1 am, a little less than two hours after a group of Muslims complained to the police about the message.
Sub-divisional police officer (Sendhwa) Suneel Jolly told The Indian Express that Bhawsar was booked under Section 295-A of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
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The 35-year-old did not resist arrest. However, when the news of his arrest spread early in the morning, right-wing activists announced that they will enforce a bandh in the village. The call had no impact as shops remained open.
The police said no untoward incident was reported Wednesday. Jolly said extra vigil will be maintained as and when Bhawsar is released on bail. When told that Section 66 of the IT Act had been repealed, he said let the court decide on its applicability.