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Government Defends Twitter Ban, Says Jazzy B Was Glorifying Khalistanis | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government has justified its request to Twitter to remove Jazzy B’s platform from Twitter, saying the rapper was glorifying Khalistan and Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the secessionist leader.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology reached out to Twitter to block the Canadian-Punjabi singer’s control under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, following a request from the Home Office.
The government claimed that this identifier was being used to post incendiary messages that elicited communal sentiments by glorifying Sikh Militancy in Punjab and pro-Khalistan sentiments on the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. His posts allegedly also used images of Bhindrawale, who was about to declare the formation of Khalistan when he was killed in Operation Bluestar, to awaken community sentiments. that could pose a threat to public order, government sources said.
The other prominent account belongs to Sukhdeep Singh Bhogal, a hip-hop artist from Australia, who goes by the stage name LFresh the Lion. Bhogal has around 5,600 followers. Government sources alleged that Jazzy B was also using his Twitter account to support Lakha Sidhana, the Punjab gangster, who has been identified as one of the key figures who planned behind the Red Fort incident on January 26, 2021. Sources Government officials said that since he is a social media influencer, with 1.2 million followers, such posts of his would have an impact on a large number of people, potentially leading to a law-and-order problem. “Therefore, in the public interest and to ensure that no public order problem is created, the Interior Ministry requested the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to block his Twitter account,” said a source.



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