An FIR was registered on Monday, against the brother of senior BJP leader Lal Singh after a video showing him using “derogatory” language against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during a rally in Kathua went viral.
“A case under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Ranbir Penal Code and Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was registered against Singh's brother,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kathua, Shridhar Patil told PTI.
He said the police has started the investigation in the case.
The 26-second video clip purportedly shot during the ‘Dogri Swabhiman’ rally shows Choudhary Rajinder Singh, younger brother of Lal Singh, atop a vehicle and using abusive language against the chief minister. A group of people on foot can be seen enjoying and clapping in the video as the rally moves.
On 20 May, former minister Lal Singh led a massive rally from Lakhanpur to Hiranagar in Kathua district to again press for CBI probe into the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in January. He resigned in April after he received flak for taking part in a rally supporting the rape and murder accused.
Former chief minister and opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah reacted sharply to the footage and demanded registration of FIR against the BJP leader’s brother.
This is absolutely unacceptable language used against @MehboobaMufti & is unequivocally condemned with the request that @JmuKmrPolice file a FIR against this abusive individual. https://t.co/kACnyOpeo7— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 21, 2018
Chief Minister Mufti took to Twitter to thank everyone from “across the spectrum for their support”, adding that the incident was a reflection of horrid mentality behind the Kathua rape case.
I want to thank everyone from across the spectrum for their support & solidarity today. The abusive statement & its diction, reflect the horrid mentality behind the Kathua rape case. https://t.co/zBN1FwXgAh— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 21, 2018
(With PTI inputs.)
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