NEW DELHI, August 9: The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and the National Union of Indian Students (NSUI) held protest marches on Monday against the alleged temporary suspension of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account.
The protests come after Congress claimed on Saturday that Twitter had “temporarily suspended” Rahul Gandhi’s account, but later said it was “temporarily locked out” after the microblogging platform denied having suspended the. account and declared that he continued to be in service.
The Twitter action came from a controversial article by Gandhi with a photo of him meeting the family of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who died here following an alleged sexual assault. Twitter said the account was in violation of its rules prohibiting the publication of private information.
Leading the protest outside the Twitter India office, IYC National President Srinivas BV claimed that “the Modi government is conspiring to suppress the voice demanding sympathy and justice.”
âModi ji will not be able to suppress the voice of justice for the girl by intimidating Twitter, or by blocking the account of Shri Rahul Gandhi ji. Before the unity of India, the British government was very afraid, now someone else has taken its place, âthe congressman said in a statement.
“Whenever there is atrocities against the Indian people, whenever there is an attack, we will oppose every attack and all atrocities, because in fighting for the country we have learned from our ancestors “, he added.
A senior police officer said: âAbout 40 demonstrators were arrested and taken to the Mehrauli police station. However, they were released later.
A case under section 188 (Disobedience to an order duly promulgated by an official) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this case, he added.
A similar protest was organized by the student wing of the Congress party NSUI from its headquarters on Raisina Road to Shastri Bhawan with around 150 party members.
NSUI said in a statement that the protest’s request was “to pursue and take back his account so that he can also show the good side of the coin to the innocent public.”
âNothing but panic and anxiety is represented through this act of the central government; they fear that Rahul Gandhi could unveil their “truth” to the world, of which the mismanagement of COVID-19 is clear evidence, “said Neeraj Kundan, national president of NSUI.
A senior police officer said the NSUI protesters marched towards Shastri Bhawan but were stopped by police at the barricades. (PTI)