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Man wearing ‘Pay CM’ shirt arrested for ‘criminal intimidation’

The arrested was identified as Akshay Kumar, a Congress worker from Vijayapura, who had come to take part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi.

Police removing the 'Pay CM' t-shirt that Kumar wore. (Express Photo)

On the second day of Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka, police arrested a party worker for wearing a ‘Pay CM’ shirt on Saturday.

The arrested man has been identified as Akshay Kumar, a Congress worker from Vijayapura who had come down to take part in Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Recently, Congress had launched a campaign against the ruling BJP government alleging corruption. Posters were installed across the city which carried QR-coded images of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai along with a “Pay CM” logo.

On Friday, the Gundlupet police had registered an FIR under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of Indian Penal Code and arrested Akshay on Saturday when he was spotted again with the same clothes.

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A video of the police personnel hitting Akshay and forcing him to remove the shirt went viral. Former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah tweeted, “I condemn the act of rowdyism by the police on our party worker who was wearing a #PayCM shirt. I urge @CMofKarnataka to immediately suspend this rowdy police.#PayCM.”

First published on: 01-10-2022 at 07:36:32 pm
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