Journalist Ali Sohrab was arrested in New Delhi on Saturday for his comments against political activist Kamlesh Tiwari who was hacked to death in October.
Sohrab, with over 1.6 lakh followers on Twitter, has been a prominent voice on social media. He tweets under the name ‘Kakavan’ and his bio on the microblogging site reads, ‘a fearful journalist’.
The Uttar Pradesh police had lodged an FIR against him at Hazratganj, Lucknow on charges of sharing objectionable content on the murder of Hindu Samaj founder. Sohrab will be taken to Lucknow from Delhi after securing his transit remand.
Tiwari was murdered on 18 October, at his residence in Lucknow.
An FIR was lodged against him on 20 October for uploading ‘repugnant’ posts on Twitter following the murder of Tiwari. He was accused of posting ‘hate against a specific religion,’ the Lucknow police had said in a statement.
He has been targeted by trolls for his posts on Kamlesh Tiwari, Ayodhya title dispute verdict and the abrogation of article 370 among others.
His advocate had tweeted about the arrest, stating none of the charges against him would entail punishment of more than 3 years and bail would be sought soon.
An FIR registered in P.S. Hazratganj, Lucknow has resulted in arrest of @AliSohrab007 . Transit remand has been granted.— बुकरात वकील (انس) (@Vakeel_Sb) November 16, 2019
Never agreed with him but we're keeping an eye on this development.
Speaking to lawyers in Lucknow.
He also appealed to the people to not make the arrest a Twitter trend as that would make getting the bail very difficult. “Your Twitter trends are pretty useless and couter-productive in this case,” he tweeted.
Several took to social media to condemn this arrest and even pointed out that Muslims need to be careful with what they tweet, so that they don’t earn the wrath of the government, the law or the trolls.
The high level of activism @AliSohrab007 was involved is incomparable & no way can be termed as “not able to control emotions”. His reach of 158K in Hindi itself speaks of his power. Except for uses of “haramkhor” or “harami” I don’t remember him indulging in expletives.— Pari પરી परी پری పరీ (@parzaneh) November 16, 2019
If alisohrab has been arrested for hate speech,why many ministers and polticians of bjp are not being arrested for same act???I think police and law system have sold themselves to government.shame on corrupt system. #ReleaseAlisohrab— Farhat Ali (@FarhatA81287546) November 16, 2019
Arresting of @AliSohrab007 is way to instill fear in the mind of those vocal Muslim and dissenters who criticize govt.— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) November 16, 2019
If system and police is so serious about Law & Order then why don't they arrest those verified trolls who post genocidal stuff on Twitter??
I appeal to @PJkanojia @dilipmandal @ihansraj @BhimArmyChief please raise your voice for @AliSohrab007 as he arrested today by UP Police (Civil dress) who taking him Lucknow. Show your support for #AliSohrab & make No. One trend in India— Zeeshan Rashidi ज़ीशान रशीदी (@zhrashidi) November 16, 2019
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