Police Sources – The New Indian Express

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The anonymous Twitter account, whose complaint led to the arrest of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair, no longer exists on the microblogging site.

Delhi Police sources said the Twitter account that raised the issue of Zubair’s tweet has been deleted. “We are trying to identify and trace the user of the Twitter account to determine why they deleted the account. However, we suspect the person must be scared after the matter comes to light,” said said a source.

The number of followers of the Twitter account, which flagged a 2018 tweet by Zubair against a Hindu deity, topped 1,200 overnight.

“Twitter handle i.e. Hanuman Bhakt @balajikijaiiin had shared a tweet against another Twitter handle by name Mohammed [email protected]_bear, in which it was tweeted by Zubair that ‘Before 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel ‘ and showed a photo of a sign for a hotel named ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ changed to ‘Hanuman Hotel,’ the FIR read.

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According to the First Information Report, @balajikijaiiin tweeted: “Associating our God Hanuman ji with Honey Moon is a direct insult to Hindus because he is brahmchari. Please take action against this guy.

A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Zubair’s custodial interrogation by four days.

The co-founder of the fact-checking website was arrested by Delhi police on Monday for allegedly hurting religious feelings through one of his tweets posted in 2018.

On June 20, a case against Zubair was filed under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, birthplace, language, etc.) and 295A (deliberate act and malicious intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), KPS Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations) had said.

According to the DCP, Zubair was arrested in connection with one of his tweets which had a questionable image in an attempt to deliberately insult the god of a particular religion.

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