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Dalit scholar arrested for FB post on Durga's suspension

August 06, 2013 18:19 IST

Eminent Dalit scholar, Kamal Bharti, was arrested in Rampur on Tuesday on a complaint by Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan's aide for his alleged Facebook post on suspended Indian Administrative Service officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal.

Bharti, author of various books dealing with problems faced by Dalits, in his post said that the Gautam Budh Nagar Sub-Divisional magistrate was suspended for alleged demolition of wall of a mosque.

He went on to say that in Rampur a madarsa was recently demolished and its manager was placed behind the bars but no action was taken against the officials who were deputed to demolish the institution.

The madarsa was demolished because it was allegedly constructed on the land of a graveyard, sources said. In his post, Bharti said it is the 'will and wish' of the Urban Development minister Azam Khan which prevails and not the law of the land.

In the complaint, Azam Khan's public relations officer Fasahat Ali Khan alleged that Bharti had made a derogatory remark against the UP minister. On the complaint, a case was registered against Bharti at the Civil Lines police station and he was arrested, police said. Bharti was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate V K Pandey, which granted him bail.

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