A Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) functionary was arrested by the authorities for writing a defamatory post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media, said reports on Monday.
The MDMK worker, who has been identified as Sathiyaraj Balu, was arrested in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, according to ANI.
Tamil Nadu: Sathiyaraj Balu, MDMK functionary from Nagapattinam, arrested for posting defamatory post against PM Modi on social media. He has been booked under IPC sec 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace)&505(2) (Statements conducing to public mischief)
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2019
Balu has been booked under various Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 505(2) (Statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
It is to be noted that Balu’s party MDMK had staged a black flag protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly before he arrived in Madurai on Sunday, accusing him of betraying the interests of Tamil Nadu.
The MDMK protesters were led by party Chief Vaiyapuri Gopalsamy known popularly as Vaiko. Several MDMK protesters were detained by the local police.
Releasing black baloons, the protesting party cadres raised slogans against PM Modi alleging that he betrayed the interests of Tamil Nadu on Cauvery and other issues. The Prime Minister was in Madurai where he laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and later addressed a public meeting.
The protest by the MDMK cadre was held near the Periyar bus stand in the city, away from the venue of the AIIMS site.