A Raipur-based journalist was arrested on Wednesday after he wrote political satires allegedly essential of the Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh authorities.

The criticism in opposition to Nilesh Sharma, editor of Indiawriters.co.in and its journal, was filed by Congress member Khilawan Nishad with the Raipur cyber police. Nishad alleged that the fictional characters in Sharma’s articles beneath his ‘Ghurwa Ke Maati’ column resembled state ministers and Congress legislators. He additionally claimed that the journalist used derogatory remarks in his column and drove a wedge between ministers.

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After forming the federal government in 2018, the Congress had promised a regulation to guard journalists in opposition to harassment. A draft invoice was shared with the general public for suggestions final 12 months.

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Sharma has been booked beneath IPC sections 505 (public mischief) 505 (1) (whoever makes or publishes hearsay) and 505 (2) (selling enmity or hatred).

“We have now registered the FIR as Sharma was writing baseless articles spreading misinformation and rumors,” a senior police officer stated. The media fraternity within the state termed the arrest an try to curb dissent in opposition to the state authorities.

Within the police criticism, Sharma has been accused of being proper wing. Nonetheless, he had revealed comparable political articles essential of the erstwhile BJP authorities.

In a separate incident, a journalist was crushed up by a BJP chief in Raipur on Thursday. BJP’s Durg Zila Panchayat member Monu Sahu was arrested and remanded to jail for 15 days the next day. In accordance with the FIR, Sahu beat up journalist Dhirendra Giri over a private enmity.

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