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FIR against Aakar Patel for tweets on Ghanchi community

The FIR was lodged based on a complaint filed by BJP MLA from Surat West and president of Samast Gujarati Modhvanik Samaj Purnesh Modi.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: July 4, 2020 2:03:14 am
Aakar Patel

The Surat Crime branch has lodged an FIR on Friday against Bengaluru-based journalist and former Amnesty International India head Aakar Patel for posting “objectionable” tweets about Ghanchi community.

The FIR was lodged based on a complaint filed by BJP MLA from Surat West and president of Samast Gujarati Modhvanik Samaj Purnesh Modi.

According to the police complaint, Purnesh said Patel, had on June 24 and June 27 posted three tweets about the Ghanchi community, to which the MLA belongs, allegedly connecting it to the Sabarmati train carnage in Godhra on February 27, 2002.

“The Ghanchi Muslims of Godhra involved in the attack on Sabarmati Express trains have no connection with us… The accused had defamed the present Prime Minister of India and formers prime ministers. The accused Aakar Patel had done intentionally targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and entire Modi Ghanchi samaj for his some unknown gains…” the FIR states.

Reacting to the FIR, Patel told The Indian Express, “I don’t think the complaint should have been filed. I don’t think the case will go anywhere. I don’t think I have done anything wrong.”

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