Udupi, Mar 2: Days after a seditious and bomb threat video went vial on social media, the Udupi district police has managed to catch the prime accused who is said to be a supporter of Hindutva outfit.
The police gave the name of the accused as Srujan Poojary (18), a resident of Malpe in Udupi district. According to police, the teen has confessed to the crime. It is not yet known whether he is officially a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. However, he is said to be a strong supporter of Bajrang Dal.
The arrest has put an end to a wave of anti-Muslim messages on Facebook and WhatsApp along with the ill-intentioned video wherein a masked man raises pro-Pakistan slogans repeatedly and then threatens that a bomb blast will rock Malpe beach soon and destroy all outlets in the area. The Hindi language video was reportedly recorded near Malpe beach a few days ago.
As the video began to go viral on WhatsApp, a complaint was lodged at Malpe police station. After registering a case, the Udupi district police had formed a special team under the guidance of SP Nisha James and leadership of DySP Jayashankar to nab the miscreant behind the anti-national video.
The team managed to catch a Nepali man living in Malpe who had first shared the video in several groups. During interrogation, he revealed that his friend Srujan Poojary had recorded and sent him the video requesting to forward it to all groups.
The police team then arrested Srujan Poojary. It also seized the mobile phone used to record the video and a towel used by the accused to cover his face in the video.
Though the accused has claimed he recorded the anti-national video due to frustration and family problems, local people have expressed suspicion that many others also might have involved in the conspiracy to create a riot in the region and polarise the society ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Bomb blast threat, pro-Pak slogan video: Young Hindutva activist from Udupi arrested