An Assam-based author Sikha Sarma has been arrested on prices of sedition for her alleged social media submit on safety forces martyred throughout a fierce gun battle in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district final week.
According to studies, two Bharatiya Janata Party employees –Umi Deka Baruah and Kangkana Goswami — lodged an FIR in opposition to the 48-year-old author. Acting upon the criticism, the Guwahati metropolis police summoned Sarma for interrogation and later arrested her.
A case has been registered at Dispur police station beneath Sections 124A (sedition), 294A (maintaining lottery workplace), 500 (defamation) and 506 (prison intimidation) together with Section 45 (residuary penalty) of IT Act.
Taking to her Facebook account, Sarma on Monday allegedly wrote, “Salaried professionals who die in the line of duty can’t be termed ‘martyrs’. Going by that logic, the workers of the electricity department who die of electrocution should also be labelled martyrs. Do not make people sentiment, media.”
Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta confirmed the event saying, she was arrested final evening and right this moment we produced her earlier than the Kamrup (Metro) district courtroom. We didn’t search police custody. She has been despatched to 14 days of judicial custody.”
On Saturday, April 3, a fierce gun battle broke out between security forces and Naxals along the Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh. In the incident, 22 security personnel lost their lives, 32 others were left injured while 1 commando is missing.