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Mumbai: BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua arrested for spreading fake, fear mongering video

According to the police, Nakhua, a resident of Ghatkopar, had uploaded a video on his Twitter account on Tuesday, which purportedly showed a man being taken to a crematorium in an ambulance covered in a PPE kit.

Mumbai: BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua arrested for spreading fake, fear mongering video
(Image: Twitter/ Suresh Nakhua)
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On Thursday, April 22, the BJP Mumbai spokesperson Suresh Nakhua was booked for triggering panic among the masses with an unverified video.

A few days ago, Nakhua had tweeted a video that showed an alive man being taken to a crematorium by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). “This is beyond shocking, A living man taken to a cremation centre by BMC, I think there might be some MahavasuliTarget from cremation centres by MahavasuliAghadi govt,” he wrote.

Following the tweet, the civic body and the state government had to face a lot of criticism on social media since the tweet went viral.

According to the police, Nakhua, a resident of Ghatkopar, had uploaded a video on his Twitter account on Tuesday, which purportedly showed a man being taken to a crematorium in an ambulance covered in a PPE kit.

As the video created ripples on social media, BMC’s Twitter team got in touch with Nakhua seeking more details about the video. He couldn’t provide the location shown in the video and the day it was shot. Sources stated that he first allegedly said he would provide the information only to top civic officials. But, when he remained silent and began evading calls as the BMC approached the Bhoiwada police.

The Bhoiwada police then had issued notice to Nakhua on Wednesday and had summoned him to the police station for recording his statement on Thursday morning after which he was placed under arrest. After the summon, he again took a dig at the Maharashtra government for harassing him.

The next day, he apologised on Twitter and said that he did not intend to cause panic among the public. He has been released on bail.

Nakhua has been booked under IPC sections 505 (1)(b), section 500 (defamation) and section 54 of the National Disaster Management Act.

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