BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa has filed a police complaint against fact-checker and Alt News website co-founder Mohammed Zubair, accusing him of ‘spreading hate’ against cricketer Arshdeep Singh and the Sikh community with his tweet.
The player has been the victim of vicious social media trolling after losing a hold in India’s five-wicket defeat to rivals Pakistan in the Asian Cup Super Four match in Dubai on Sunday.
In his complaint to Parliament Street Police Station, Mr Sirsa cited a tweet from Mr Zubair where he had shared screenshots of tweets against Mr Singh posted on various handles.
The BJP leader claimed most of those tweets came from “Pakistani accounts” and alleged that Mr Zubair acted at the behest of “anti-national elements”.
He demanded that an FIR be filed against him and that an investigation be opened to uncover the conspiracy.
“Mohammed Zubair, acting in collusion with anti-national elements across the border, cleverly took Twitter screenshots of various Twitter handles after searching with the word-Khalistani and then posted a tweet at 12:05 a.m. on September 5, 2022 combining all of these tweets,” he alleged.
Mr Sirsa alleged that Mr Zubair was “trying to show that such abusive and malicious tweets were posted by Indian Twitter accounts, when in fact most of these Twitter accounts are Pakistani accounts”.
He claimed that some were created purely for the purpose of this tweet, “”the sole intention behind which was to spread hatred against a nationalist and national level player who gave his heart and soul playing for the country and also against the entire Sikh community. ”
Mr Zubair was arrested on June 27 for allegedly hurting religious feelings with a tweet against a Hindu deity in 2018. He was held for 24 days on hate speech allegations and is now free on bail.
Several FIRs have been filed against Mr Zubair in Uttar Pradesh – two in Hathras and one in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad and Chandauli.
He was released after the Supreme Court granted him provisional bail, ruling that “the exercise of the power of arrest should be pursued sparingly”.
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