New Delhi: In Uttar Pradesh, a class XI student has been arrested and sent to jail for allegedly posting a Facebook comment against Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Azam Khan.
Vicky Khan, a student of Woodrow School in Bareilly district, was booked by the Rampur police, following a complaint by Azam Khan's aide Fasahat Ali Khan on March 15.
Azam Khan's media in-charge Fasahat Ali lodged an FIR against the boy. Later, a court sent the student to 14 days in judicial remand. His family members said that he had merely shared the post on Facebook and not uploaded it.
"I informed the police that this person has posted controversial and inflammatory post in the name of Mr Khan which is a lie. It has hurt the feelings of both Hindus and Muslims and malign Mr Khan's image," the complainant said.
Vicky at present is lodged in Rampur district jail. He has been booked under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act and other Sections of IPC.
"We arrested Vicky from Bareilly. During questioning, he told us that he did not understand the real meaning of what he was posting," said Rampur Superintendent of Police Sadhna Goswami.
If convicted, Vicky can face a jail term for upto three years.
Few days back an FIR was lodged against Varanasi tourism officer Ravinder Kumar Mishra for uploading objectionable pictures of Azam Khan and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on social networking sites.
In 2013, Dalit writer Kanwal Bharti was arrested by the UP police for posting a Facebook update critical of the Akhilesh government's suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.