Engg student held for offensive post on social media

Pune: An engineering student has been arrested by the city police for making comments with potential communal overtones on a social networking site.

Pune Police Commissioner Kaushal Kumar Pathak
Pune Police Commissioner Kaushal Kumar Pathak

According to the cyber crime cell here, 19-year-old Amitesh Singh Kate, a first year engineering student here, posted the comment on May 2, which allegedly could outrage religious sentiments of a particular community.

Kate was arrested yesterday and remanded in police custody till May 9, inspector Satish Nikam of Bund Garden police station, where the case has been registered, said today.

According to Nikam, the student subsequently deleted the controversial post after uploading it, but the cyber crime cell, after detecting his involvement, initiated proceedings against him .

The student has been booked under sections 295(A) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class) and 153(A) (promoting enmity) of the IPC and section 66 (F) of the IT Act, he said.

Nikam said police were investigating whether Kate uploaded his post after watching the Godhra incident clips on the internet, as mentioned by him while talking to “some people”.

“The matter is under investigation and we cannot say at this stage what exactly influenced him to make the objectionable comment,” the police officer said.

Police said there was no confirmation of the student having any affiliation with any political party.