Bhatkal AAP member arrested and 4 others released in anti-Modi MMS scandal

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Bhatkal, May 26: Five youth of Bhatkal were detained on May 24 by the Bangalore        police for forwarding an anti-Narendra Modi MMS. Police have released four of them on Sunday after questioning them. Police have arrested one of them for further questioning.

The police acted following a complaint from a BJP supporter who received the MMS. Though police have not revealed anything about the content of the MMS, reportedly it shows a morphed image of Modi on a pyre with a caption that made a mockery of the BJP’s slogan ‘Ab ki baar Modi Sarkar.’

The accused are AAP member Waqas Barmavar, Rahmatulla Maliki, Usama Alangar, Musaib Saada, and Saad Kola. It is said Saad and Musaib were CA students while the other three are doing their MBA internship in Bangalore. Waqas has been arrested and taken to Khanapur.

The AAP argues that the arrest was a violation of freedom of speech and expression. The Bhatkal unit of AAP has said it will hold protests until its member was released.

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