Chhattisgarh officers arrest viewer in MP, row breaks out

Abhijeet Dhananjay Saraag, also known as Kalicharan Maharaj, has been charged with sedition for allegedly derogatory comments against Mahatma Gandhi at an event in Raipur last week.

Chhattisgarh police on Thursday arrested the controversial Hindu viewer Abhijeet Dhananjay Saraag, aka Kalicharan Maharaj, from Madhya Pradesh and arrested him for revolt for allegedly derogatory comments against Mahatma Gandhi at an event in Raipur last week. In the evening, a local court in Raipur sent Kalicharan into police custody until January 1, police said.

However, the arrest led to a slug party between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -leaded MP government and the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.

Interior Minister Narottam Mishra said Chhattisgarh police arrested Kalicharan without informing their opponents in the state. He added that a “strong protest” would be lodged with the Chhattisgarh DGP over the manner in which the viewer was arrested.

Chhattisgarh’s Prime Minister Bhupesh Baghel denied the allegations, asking Mishra if he was “happy or upset about the arrest of the person who abused Mahatma Gandhi”. Baghel also said measures would be taken against those who use “insulting language against the father of the nation …”

Earlier, Raipur SP Prashant Agrawal said a team of Raipur police arrested Kalicharan around 4am from a rented room near Bageshwar Dham, which is about 25km from Khajuraho city in MP, based on a specific input.

Based on evidence, relevant IPC sections have been included in the FIR filed against Kalicharan on December 26, Agrawal said.

In response to the arrest, MP Interior Minister Mishra said: “Whatever Kalicharanji did was reprehensible, but his arrest was also against the spirit of federalism … They should have informed the MP police before the arrest or the local police after.”

MP Congress MLA Kunal Chaudhary accused Mishra of providing shelter to a person who insulted Mahatma Gandhi.

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