Kannada actor Chetan Kumar arrested over 'objectionable tweet' on Hindutva
Bengaluru/IBNS: The Bengaluru Police Tuesday arrested Kannada actor Chetan Kumar, popularly known as Chetan Ahimsa, after his tweet on Hindutva went viral.
The FIR lodged against him stated that his tweet, which says that "Hindutva is built on lies", allegedly hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
He was taken into custody by the Sheshadripuram police in Bengaluru.
The actor, who is also a Dalit and tribal activist, was produced at a district court and sent to jail for 14 days.
The charges against him include insulting a religion or religious beliefs and making statements that promote enmity between classes.
In a tweet on March 20, Kumar claimed that Hindutva is built on lies.
"Savarkar: Indian 'nation' began when Rama defeated Ravana & returned to Ayodhya —> a lie
1992: Babri Masjid is 'birthplace of Rama' —> a lie
2023: Urigowda-Nanjegowda are 'killers' of Tipu—> a lie," he said in the tweet.
Hindutva is built on LIES— Chetan Kumar Ahimsa / ಚೇತನ್ ಅಹಿಂಸಾ (@ChetanAhimsa) March 20, 2023
Savarkar: Indian ‘nation’ began when Rama defeated Ravana & returned to Ayodhya —> a lie
1992: Babri Masjid is ‘birthplace of Rama’ —> a lie
2023: Urigowda-Nanjegowda are ‘killers’ of Tipu—> a lie
Hindutva can be defeated by TRUTH—> truth is EQUALITY
The actor said that Hindutva can only be defeated by truth.
Hours after he put out the tweet, pro-Hindu organisations filed an FIR against him at the Sheshadripuram police station.
This is not the first time the actor law got involved with legal issues.
In February 2022, he was arrested for an objectionable tweet on Karnataka High Court Justice Krishna Dixit, who was then hearing the hijab case.