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Sedition charges filed against college student following alleged offensive Facebook post

Last week, Kerala Police arrested a college student on charges of sedition, following complaints filed against him for allegedly changing some of the words of an undisclosed patriotic song with abuses in a Facebook post, reports TheNewsMinute. The report says he was arrested on charges of sedition (under IPC 124A), violation of section 66A of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008, and the Prevention of Insults of National Honour Act, 1971. The Thampanoor police told the publication that the case was being investigated by the cyber police cell and the sedition charges were included on the basis of the Facebook post. Following this arrest, several student groups are apparently organizing protests in several districts across Kerala and a Facebook page called 'Justice for Salman' has been setup. Several prominent citizens including Frontline Associate Editor Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, various film makers, journalists, book authors, university professors and activists…

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