The strict National Security Act (NSA) was invoked against a 21-year-old man arrested for writing anti-Indian slogans and posting a “pro-Pakistani” photo on his social network account in Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain city, after a complaint was filed. filed by a Bajrang Dal leader, police said today.
Sahil Lalla was arrested yesterday for writing anti-Indian slogans and posting his photo to his Instagram page, wearing a T-shirt with the Pakistani flag and the word “Jordan” written on it, an officer said.
Ujjain Superintendent of Police Satyendra Shukla said Lalla was arrested within two hours of posting the post around 7pm on Sunday. The NSA was invoked against him the same day, he added.
“The district leader of the right-wing Bajrang Dal, Pintu Kaushal, had filed a complaint about the matter with the Chimanganj Police Department. Following that complaint, the police arrested Sahil Lalla and advised the NSA to appeal against him,” Mr Shukla said. .
Lalla was also arrested on charges of attempting to disrupt communal harmony and raising public order.
At the recommendation of the police, the community officer is clearing ways to call in the NSA, police sources said, explaining the procedure.
Notably, the Ujjain district administration yesterday appealed to the NSA against four of the ten individuals arrested so far for allegedly using the slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” at a Muharram event on Aug. 19.
More than a dozen people had been tried for chanting slogans and charged with sedition under sections 124(a) and 153 (provocation that may cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code.
The National Security Act gives the government the power to detain a person for months if authorities believe he/she poses a threat to national security or to avoid disturbing public order.