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RTI activist lands in jail for criticising MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh police arrested a 19-year-old engineering student for a social media post on demonetisation and attacking Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the issue.

Madhya Pradesh police arrested a 19-year-old engineering student, who claims himself to be an RTI activist, for a social media post on demonetisation and attacking Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the issue.

Abhishek Mishra who calls himself Youtuber and RTI activist was first detained on November 11 and then arrested by cyber cell of Bhopal police on November 12 from a private hostel. While his arrest was kept a secret by the Bhopal police, the news leaked when he was bailed out on November 13, reported Hindustan Times.

In his recent YouTube video, he mentioned that he was detained for a night on order by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Mishra said that his mobile and laptop were seized by the police and no receipt was issued to him.  

Police sources said that they accessed his social media accounts and deleted the controversial posts. Mishra has 16,000 followers and after his ‘controversial posts’ were deleted the number of his tweets on his Twitter page read 45 on Sunday evening.

Mishra has been a critic of the saffron brigade and says that he is active on social media “in order to spread awareness among people”.

The police said that Mishra was involved in posting “offensive comments and posts against the chief minister and other important dignitaries”. He was also running a website, which has now been blocked by the police.

Police registered an FIR under section 469 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 66C of Information Technology Act, 2000 against him at the cyber crime cell.

Abhishek’s lawyer Ajay Mishra told Hindustan Times, “After demonetisation, a newspaper had published news that police had seized money from the car of a BJP leader in Hoshangabad district. According to charges levelled against him, Abhishek had shared a photograph of the news and posted the picture of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.”

Ajay Mishra added that someone in the CM’s house saw the post and informed the cyber cell and the police took action against him.

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