Engineering student arrested for morphed tweet against demonetisation

Teen arrested for morphed tweet against demonetisation, Shivraj Singh ChauhanAbhishek Mishra. Pic/YouTube video

Madhya Pradesh police arrested a 19-year-old engineering student for his social media post on demonetisation and attacking chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Abhishek Mishra, a resident of Chhatarpur was arrested by cyber cell of Bhopal police on November 12 from a private hostel. His laptop, mobile phone were accessed and deleted the controversial posts were deleted from his account

Abhishek has been a critic of Bhartiya Janata Party and the issue of demonetisation was his latest topic. He said he posted 'in order to spread awareness among people'.

Teen arrested for morphed tweet against demonetisation, Shivraj Singh Chauhan

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.

Town inspector cyber cell, Bhopal, Ravikant Dehariya told Hindustan Times, "Abhishek was involved in posting offensive comments and posts against the chief minister and other important dignitaries. He was also running a website. We arrested him, deleted all the posts from his Facebook and also blocked his website."

However, Abhishek’s lawyer Ajay Mishra told HT, "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 pasted the picture of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan."

He added, "Someone in the CM’s house saw the post and informed the cyber cell and the police took action against him. The police also seized his laptop, dongle and mobile phone and some other electronic gadgets. Despite repeated requests, police are not providing the copy of the FIR,” he added.

Additional inspector general of cyber cell (crime) Vijay Khatri said the cell was dealing with the case and it is the town inspector (TI) who would give all the details.

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