Kannada actor Chetan Kumar arrested for tweet on Hindutva

Bengaluru, March 21 (KMS): The police in Bengaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, arrested Kannada actor Chetan Kumar, popularly known as Chetan Ahimsa, after his tweet on Hindutva went viral.

In a tweet on March 20, Chetan Kumar maintained 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.

The actor said that Hindutva can only be defeated by truth.

Hours after he put out the tweet, Hindutva organisations filed a complaint against him and an FIR was registered at the Sheshadripuram police station.

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.

He faces charges of insulting a religion or religious beliefs and making statements that promote enmity between classes.

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