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Protest over arrest of Shruti Bellakki

The BJP took out a protest rally in Dharwad on Friday against the arrest of Shruti Bellakki, who faces the charge of making inflammatory remarks against Home Minister M.B. Patil through a video she posted online.

Pralhad Joshi, MP, walked to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum to the government condemning her arrest. Ms. Bellakki, who was released on bail on Thursday, was by his side.

Garag police arrested her on April 24 following a complaint by S. Dasharath, a resident of Mummigatti village. In the video, she had accused Mr. Patil of “conspiring to break up the Hindu faith” and had insinuated that this was funded by non-Hindu organisations. Her husband is a BJP activist.

Mr. Joshi said the city police had acted “under pressure” from the Home Minister and arrested the woman, though they had no jurisdiction to do so. “It is a case to be investigated by the cybercrime police. Why did the city police interfere in it?” he asked. He said the BJP would take the fight to the Raj Bhavan.

Source: thehindu.com

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