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Anyone thinking of opposing nation must be eradicated totally: Haryana minister Anil Vij

Anil Vij. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Monday said anyone who nurtured the thought of opposing the country should be eradicated completely.

He was commenting on the arrest of 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi.

Having investigated a complaint against the Minister’s tweet on the subject, Twitter decided not to remove it.

His tweet said, “Those who nurture the seed of opposing the nation [anti-national] in their mind, that has to be completely destroyed, be it Disha Ravi or anyone else.”

On Sunday, Ms. Ravi was remanded in police custody for five days, and charged with sedition for editing and sharing a ‘toolkit’ on the farmers’ protests. The public prosecutor claimed that the “toolkit” was created as part of a plan to revive pro-Khalistan groups in the country.

According to a screenshot posted by the Minister, Twitter had initially alerted him that a complaint regarding his tweet had been received from Germany, under the country’s Network Enforcement Act. However, the social media platform later said it had “investigated the reported content and have found that it is not subject to removal under the Twitter rules or German law. Accordingly, we have not taken any action as a result of this specific report.”

The BJP’s Information and Technology department head Amit Malviya accused Leftist politicians of manipulating young activists like Ms. Ravi. “The Left has been using young impressionable minds as cannon fodder for their deranged politics for a long time. From JNU to Jamia, AMU to Nadwa and now Disha Ravi, are all part of their sinister plot... Unfortunately they are abandoned soon after they have served their purpose!” he tweeted.

Minister on activist’s age

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also took a dig at those pointing out Ms. Ravi’s young age. “If age is the criteria then Param Veer Chakra Second Lt Arun Khetarpal, martyred at 21 is who I am proud of. Not some #toolkit propagandists!” he tweeted.

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