News portal owner arrested in Coimbatore for ‘false, provocative’ reports


By: Express News Service | Chennai |

Published: April 25, 2020 6:04:34 pm





The criticism was based mostly on two reports. One of them was in reference to PG docs whereas the opposite was concerning ration store staff. (Representational Image)
Coimbatore metropolis police have arrested the owner of a neighborhood on-line portal for an alleged ‘false report’ they printed on their web site, officers mentioned on Friday.

Andrew Sam Raja Pandian, founder and editor of ‘Simplicity,’ was arrested on Thursday on a criticism filed by a M Sundararajan, an assistant commissioner with town municipal company, citing that reports printed on the web site had been false and that they had been to instigate folks towards the federal government.

The criticism was based mostly on two reports. One of them was in reference to PG docs whereas the opposite was concerning ration store staff.

The criticism mentioned each reports had been extensively circulated on social media and had been instigating authorities docs, well being division workers and ration store staff towards the federal government. Sundararajan’s criticism additional argued that the “false” report may have led to a docs’ strike at a time when the position of frontline well being staff position in preventing COVID-19 was essential. The criticism additionally added that one of many different reports might have triggered a strike by ration store staff.

Pandian was booked underneath sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 505 (i) (b) (with intent to trigger, or which is more likely to trigger, worry or alarm to the general public, or to any part of the general public whereby any particular person could also be induced to commit an offence towards the State or towards public tranquillity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and likewise underneath Section three of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. After his arrest on Thursday night time, he was taken to a sub-jail in town early on Friday.

Senior Opposition leaders in the state, together with DMK chief M Okay Stalin, condemned the arrest of Pandian. Terming the transfer as unlawful, Stalin hit out at AIADMK minister S P Velumani, who’s representing AIADMK from Coimbatore, saying he was misusing the police drive to silence the media. He additionally demanded the fast launch of Pandian.

Earlier, two journalists working for the portal had been picked up for questioning in reference to a “nuisance call” to a lady. Following a protest by journalists, each the photographer and the journalist had been launched late on Thursday night time.

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