Twitter on Tuesday suspended singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account after he posted a string of ‘offensive’ tweets, especially against women.
The move by the microblogging site came after social media users accused the 58-year-old singer of using ‘inappropriate’ and ‘insulting’ language.
The singer had also 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 on social media, including JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted netizens to lodge a complaint with Twitter.
Previously, it is also reported that Abhijeet had tweeted about Rashid, saying, “There is rumour she took money for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client… big racket.”
In another tweet, he had insulted a woman Twitter user when she called him out for his incendiary tweets, where he wrote, “You Ms Pak. Tell me your cage no? Will reach there. Will do the favourite pose.”
Meanwhile, Rashid had received flak for raising her voice against the sex scandal allegedly involving BJP leaders and also named the singer for threatening her.
Trafficking/flesh trade involving BJP leaders:Gujarat https://t.co/ig5yJe6NlZMP https://t.co/LSABcSzq7xBengal https://t.co/DYsIZOBgK1— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) May 23, 2017
However, it is unclear if the decision taken by Twitter is temporary or permanent.
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.”
Asked if he would take any step to reinstate his Twitter handle, Abhijeet said, “I (don’t) care a damn… entire nation is with me.”
Not just Abhijeet, recently, BJP MP & actor Paresh Rawal kicked up a row with his remark that author Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep instead of a stone pelter, a reference to an incident in Kashmir where a protester was used as a “human shield” by security personnel against a mob.
(With inputs from PTI)
(Feature Image Source: AFP)