Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 5: A man, who hails from Ketala, has been arrested as he has been accused of making derogatory remark against Lt Col Niranjan Kumar who died while fighting with terrorists in Pathankot.
The man, who has been identified as Anwar Sadhik, had claimed that he was a staff of popular Malayalam newspaper Madhyamam.
He made derogatory remark against Niranjan and against the government on social networking site Facebook.
While the nation paid its tribute to Niranjan and other six martyrs, Anwar Sadhik criticised the government.
Making a comment on Facebook, Anwar Sadhik said, "One trouble less, now! His wife will be given financial aid and a job, common man gets nothing! What a stinking democracy!"
Initially, he faced stern criticism on the social networking site. Later Madhyamam officials filed a case against him saying that he never had worked with the media company.
24-year-old Anwar Sadhik was arrested by Malappuram district police on charges of sedition (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code) from his house in Kodur.
Anwar Sadhik, who originally works as a salesman in a ration shop, stated that he had mentioned himself as an official of Madhyamam because he wanted people to take him "seriously".
Lt Col Niranjan and many other commandos died while fighting against terrorists who attacked Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot, Punjab on Saturday, Jan 2.
Lt Col Niranjan's body initially was airlifted to Bengaluru where his family members are settled for last 30 years. Later his body was taken to his ancestor's home in Kerala.
He is survived with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Lt Col Niranjan, who was with NSG's bomb detection squad, has been laid to rest at Elambulassery, a village in Palakkad district of Kerala on Tuesday, Jan 5.