Defence Analyst, Who Joked About The Sun Temple In Konark, Arrested By Odisha Police


Three days after he posted a satirical video about the Sun Temple in Konark, the Odisha state police arrested writer and defense analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra in New Delhi.

At around 2:30 pm on Thursday, his lawyer told ANI, "He has been told that a case has been registered against him in Odisha. He hasn't been told what the case is or who has registered it. He hasn't been given a copy of the FIR."

Iyer-Mitra was produced before the district court in Saket for a transit remand, according to media reports. "We haven't even been given a copy of the FIR so we can't say what the offenses are, who the complainant is or under what sections case has been registered," his lawyer said.

Two hours later, ANI reported that Iyer-Mitra had been granted bail on a surety of Rs. 1 lakh and that he has been asked to join an investigation in Odisha by September 28.

Some media reports suggest that Iyer-Mitra was detained under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC): "deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs."

Iyer-Mitra, who writes about matters related to defense and security, is a senior fellow at at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Iyer-Mitra's arrest comes three days after he posted sarcastic commentary about the world famous erotic carvings at the Sun Temple in Konark.

"Can this be a holy place? Not at all. This is a conspiracy against Hindus by Muslims who want to keep us down. Jai Sriram. In our new Ram temple, such obscene sculptures will not be there," he said in the video.

In the following tweet, Iyer-Mitra said, "Jokes aside this temple is just mind blowing. The sculptures are exquisite & and it has a great sense of symmetry & gravitas."

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