Food stand owner Panvel arrested for social media post about Pawar

PANVEL Municipal Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Wednesday evening for allegedly posting objectionable comments on social media against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar. This is the third arrest in recent times in connection with allegedly objectionable social media posts against Pawar.

The arrested accused was identified as Kiran Inamdar, who runs a food stall in Panvel. He was presented to a court in Panvel on Thursday and sent to police custody until Friday.

According to police, after Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale posted an allegedly defamatory post about Pawar on Facebook earlier this month, a similar post was shared by Inamdar on social media.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at the Panvel City Police Station against Inamdar but the police could not find it for a few days.

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According to the police, Inamdar was hiding in Alibaug, from where he was arrested by the police on Wednesday evening and taken to Panvel.

After Inamdar was brought to Panvel town police station, NCP workers stormed the station and female party members staged a protest there.

“Inamdar was convicted under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 500 (defamation) 501 (posting defamatory material) and 504 (intentional insult) of the Indian Penal Code and has been placed under arrest. He will be in custody until Friday,” said Senior Police Inspector Vijay Kadbane of Panvel City Police Station.

Chitale, who was arrested by Thane Police, is currently in custody for the alleged defamatory post against Pawar. Several FIRs were registered against her in different police stations in the state regarding the position. Mumbai police are also likely to seek custody.

Earlier, Nashik Rural Police arrested 23-year-old pharmacy student Nikhil Bhamre for posting similar “objectionable content” against Pawar.

Bhamre’s custody ended on Wednesday, after which Thane police took custody of Bhamre. He was brought before a court in Thane on Thursday and taken into custody.