BJP politician Manjinder Singh Sirsa has reported fact-checker and co-founder of the Alt News website Mohammed Zubair to the police, alleging that he used his tweet to “promote hate” against cricketer Arshdeep Singh and the Sikh community. After dropping a catch during India’s five-wicket loss to archrival Pakistan in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup on Sunday in Dubai, the player became the target of severe abuse on social media.
In his complaint, Mr. Sirsa mentioned a tweet by Mr. Zubair in which the latter had shared copies of tweets directed at Mr. Singh that had been made on several handles. The BJP leader asserted that Mr. Zubair had acted on the orders of “anti-national elements” and that the majority of these tweets were from “Pakistani accounts.”
In order to uncover the plot, he ordered that an FIR be filed against him, and an investigation be started. After scanning Twitter for the word “Khalistani,” Mohammed Zubair allegedly took screenshots of several Twitter handles, combined them into one message at 00:05 on September 5, 2022, and uploaded it in collusion with anti-national elements over the border.
In contrast to reality, the majority of these Twitter accounts are Pakistani accounts, according to Mr. Sirsa, who said that Mr. Zubair was attempting to misrepresent the origin of these abusive and harmful tweets as being from Indian Twitter handles. He asserted that some were made just for this tweet, the sole objective of which was to incite hatred against a nationalist and national-level player who has put his heart and soul into playing for the country as well as against the entire Sikh community.
Mr. Zubair was detained on June 27 for allegedly offending religious sensitivities in 2018 by tweeting disparaging remarks about a Hindu god. Several FIRs were filed against Mr. Zubair in Uttar Pradesh, including two in Hathras and one each in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, and Chandauli. He was released after the Supreme Court granted him interim bail, stating that the use of the power of arrest should be done sparingly.
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