NEW DELHI: Twitter has suspended Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account , after he posted a series of offensive tweets against female student leader.
The singer claims the move is aimed at curbing nationalist voices like his, however his tweets targeted at JNU student Shehla Rashid who had tweeted against ruling BJP.
He had sent the tweet in response to a comment by Ms Rashid alleging that government ministers were running sex rackets in various states.
“My tweets were not at all offensive. The entire nation today stands with me. Those offended are the anti-national elements . They can abuse the Indian Army, they can speak against our Prime Minister and get away, but mere replying to their tweets can get your accounts suspended,” he told an Indian daily.
Twitter took the step after users accused the 58-year-old singer of using “inappropriate” and “insulting” language.
“Account Suspended: This account has been suspended…,” stated the message from Twitter on his handle.
Another singer, Sonu Nigam, deleted his Twitter account in support of Mr Bhattacharya, describing Twitter as a “one-sided scam” and calling upon “every logical sensible human and patriot” to do the same.
Abhijeet has been a serial offender on Twitter. The singer had received flak on the social media site for a series of inflammatory tweets against journalist Swati Chaturvedi, who had registered a police complaint against him last year in July. The complaint led to his arrest. On being released on bail, the singer reportedly broke into tears.
The regret didn’t last long, for the defiant singer later said he would repeat his words if he wished to. On May 22, Abhijeet spewed venom at some women Twitter users, including JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted some of the netizens to lodge a complaint with Twitter. “Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijeet had to delete his tweet. His Twitter account has also been suspended,” Shehla tweeted today.
When contacted, Abhijeet told PTI, “Author Arundhati Roy and people supporting JNU” were behind the suspension of his account. “Yes, I just saw it. They are trying to block Paresh Rawal also. All Arundhati and JNU group behind this after Paresh Rawal and I tweeted against Arundhati for her anti-India stand,” he said.