Chhattisgarh journalist arrested for posting WhatsApp message against police officer

Prabhat Singh's arrest is the third such action against journalists in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region.

Chhattisgarh journalist arrested for posting WhatsApp message against police officer

Raipur: Questions have been raised on the freedom of press in Chhattisgrah after a Dantewada-based journalist was arrested for alleging posting a derogatory message against a police officer on WhatsApp.

Prabhat Singh was arrested on Monday in Jagdalpur and produced in a local court yesterday and remanded in judicial custody till March 31. Singh has alleged that he was assaulted by policemen in custody.

As per reports, Singh had sent a WhatsApp message that read: “Patrakaar suraksha kanoon se keval unhen parhez hai jo already mama ki ***** mein baithe hai (Only those who are already sitting in mama’s ***** have a problem with the journalists’ protection law). The “Mama” in the message ris a term commonly used by journalists of the region to refer to a top police officer in the Bastar range.

Two other local journalists Somaru Nag and Santosh Yadav are also in prison for allegedly helping Naxals.

Also, the police had allegedly forced a contributor for the website Scroll.in was to leave Bastar.