Jawan who criticised Modi, Rajnath Singh sacked, arrested
A jawan of the CRPF who criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has been arrested and sacked from service.
Pankaj Mishra had posted the video after a relative, who also served in the CRPF, was killed along with 24 others in an attack by Naxalites in Sukma, Chattisgarh. Soon after he posted the first video, he was transferred from Durgapur in West Bengal to Jorhat in Assam and a departmental inquiry was initiated against him.
He was indicted by the departmental inquiry which also recommended his dismissal. On Sunday, a day after he was given his marching orders, the CRPF also filed a police complaint against him.
In the video, Mishra had asked Singh to stop paying tributes to soldiers if he had even "an iota of sensitivity".
He had been booked on the charges of "obscene acts in public and criminal intimidation" under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology act.
Just days before his dismissal, he had posted another video in which he had alleged that he was beaten up for posting the video in April. He also blamed Modi and Singh for ignoring the safety concerns of soldiers and urged fellow soldiers to raise their voice too.
Mishra was also critical of the poor working conditions and demanded equality with the officers in terms of fixed working hours and quality of food.
Director General of CRPF, R R Bhatnagar, confirmed the development and said Mishra had repeatedly violated rules by posting objectionable videos against the PM, HM and even the judiciary.