Maharashtra, Oct 16: In a shocking incident, a police constable from the state’s Ahmednagar district was suspended for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The constable was suspended as he criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an alleged WhatsApp message, on Saturday after an investigation by the cyber crime cell of the district police, Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police Ranjankumar Sharma said.
Ramesh Shinde the suspended constable was posted as a bodyguard of Congress MLA and former minister Balasaheb Thorat.
As the authorities took cognizance of the matter, an inquiry has been ordered, they said. “The action was taken against Shinde yesterday after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjankumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar said.
The police added that Shinde had sent such messages “showing political inclination and favouring political persons” earlier, too, according to The Indian Express. “The WhatsApp message he posted is only one of the reasons he was suspended,” Sharma was quoted as saying. The officer did not explain further on what these political messages were.
An unidentified officer from the Ahmednagar Police said that over 10 days ago, Shinde had sent a “satirical message”, which implied that “Modi is a liar”. A few people had filed a complaint against the constable and also wrote to the superintendent of police and the Prime Minister’s Office, the officer added.
Another unidentified official, reportedly close to Shinde, was quoted as saying that the constable did not send the message, but his nephew did. “The complainant had the previous enmity with the constable’s family over other issues in the village,” he claimed, adding that the complaint was an attempt to take revenge.