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FIR Filed Against BJP's Kapil Mishra at Election Body's Directions, India vs Pakistan Tweet 'Withheld'

The Election Commission had earlier asked Twitter to remove the tweet by Kapil Mishra, a candidate from the Model Town seat.


Updated:January 25, 2020, 12:04 AM IST
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FIR Filed Against BJP's Kapil Mishra at Election Body's Directions, India vs Pakistan Tweet 'Withheld'
File photo of BJP candidate Kapil Mishra (Photo: VIkas Thakur, Network18)

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday lodged an FIR against BJP candidate Kapil Mishra in connection with his controversial tweet in which he likened the election in the city to an India versus Pakistan contest, sources said. The FIR was filed following directions of the poll authorities, they said.

It was lodged at the Model Town Police Station under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the sources said. Twitter, meanwhile, removed the controversial tweet following the directions of the Election Commission.

"This Tweet from @KapilMishra_IND has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand," Twitter wrote on the platform along with an impression of the old tweet.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission had asked Twitter to "take appropriate action" as the controversial tweet aroused communal sentiments. The EC had also said that Twitter should intimate it about the action taken.

In the tweet posted on Thursday, Mr Mishra had referred to Shaheen Bagh, the site of one of the most prominent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the country, as an entry point for Pakistan. "Pakistan is entering through Shaheen Bagh, and mini-Pakistans are being created in Delhi...Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh, Inderlok. The law is not followed here and Pakistani rioters are occupying the roads," he posted in Hindi.

In another post, he compared the Delhi election on February 8 to an "India vs Pakistan" clash.

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