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JAMMU: Enraged over police’s forcible action against a youth from Bakshi Nagar locality who uploaded the result of exit poll on social media site ‘facebook’ showing defeat of ex-MLA Sat Sharma of BJP at the hands of Congress Corporator Gourav Chopra allegedly on the behest of aforesaid BJP leader, people held a strong protest in Bakshi Nagar area on Saturday.
The protestors alleged that the aforesaid exit poll by a local youth Aman Singh irked the former legislator who in turn directed police to ‘forcibly’ delete the post from aforesaid youth’s facebook wall and grill him for this act.
The protestors amid anti-police and anti-Sat Sharma slogans claimed that police has threatened the youth of dire consequences if the same is repeated in future.
The protest was triggered Aman Singh posted exit poll seeking votes “Who Is Next MLA from Jammu West”, on social media (Facebook) for the upcoming Assembly Polls in which the Congress leader and Corporator Gourav Chopra bagged 75 per cent votes as compared to the former BJP MLA Sat Sharma, who got 25 per cent votes from the constituency.
“To know pulse of the people and their opinion, I had posted on my facebook wall that who will be the next MLA from Jammu West and uploaded the pictures of Sat Sharma from BJP and Gourav Chopra from the Congress,” Singh told reporters amid protests. He claimed that Gourav Chopra in the exit poll got more percentage of votes than Sharma, which has fumed the BJP leader.
“The MLA told the police to intervene and I was asked to report to the police station,” he said adding that the Station House Officer of the Bakshi Nagar Police Station misbehaved with him and hurled abuses at him for seeking exit poll on social media.
“I was also told by the SHO to give in writing that I will not repeat the same otherwise I have to face dire consequences,” he said and alleged that the SHO was dictated by the former BJP MLA, who could not digest his defeat even on the social media. “I was forced to delete the post from my facebook page,” he added.
Meanwhile a protesting youth Manik said that the Government speaks of making optimum use of Digital India and there was nothing wrong if it was used to feel the pulse of the public before Assembly elections. “We have right to speech,” he said and appealed to the top officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police to take action against erring SHO for appeasing the BJP leader otherwise the youths of Ward Number 28 will come on streets to get justice.
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