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Social media users criticising the Bihar govt may face police action

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The Bihar government has issued an order directing action against social media users who publish offensive posts against the government.

The Economic Offences Wing, the agency in-charge of cybercrimes in Bihar, has asked all state departments to report any wrong, defamatory post against ministers, MPs and MLAs, as well as government officials.

Letter to state departments

A letter was written on Thursday by the chief of the Economic Offenses Wing, Nayyar Hasnain Khan, to all secretaries of the state government in this regard.

“It has come to light that certain persons and organisations have been making defamatory and offensive comments on social media against the government, respected ministers, parliamentarians, legislators, and government officials. This is against prescribed law and comes under the category of cybercrime,” the letter provides.

Tejaswi Yadav challenges govt

As soon as the news of this order spread, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav threw a challenge to the government to arrest him under the new order. He launched a no-holds-barred attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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The young leader said, “The perpetrator of 60 scams, Nitish Kumar, the Bhishma Pitamah of corruption, the protector of criminals, the weak chief of an immoral and unconstitutional government. Bihar police sells liquor. I challenge the Chief Minister to arrest me under this order.”

Yadav also criticised the Bihar government and equated it with the Hitler regime. He said, “Protesters cannot protest. Jail for those who write against the government. People are not allowed to take their complaints to the opposition leader… Nitish ji, we know you are completely tired, but have some shame.”

Angry CM

Notably, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has often lost his cool on the media and in public when being questioned about the law and order situation in Bihar. He has often criticised the media for supporting the Opposition.

 

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