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Govt defends Twitter ban, says Jazzy B was glorifying Khalistanis | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The government has justified its request to Twitter to de-platform Jazzy B from Twitter, saying the rapper was glorifying Khalistan and Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the secessionist leader.
The ministry of electronics and information technology approached Twitter for blocking the handle of the Canadian-Punjabi singer under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, following a request from the of ministry of home affairs.
The government asserted that this handle was being used to post inflammatory posts provoking communal sentiments by glorifying Sikh militancy in Punjab and pro-Khalistan feelings on the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. His posts allegedly also used the images of Bhindrawale, who was about to declare the formation of Khalistan when he was killed in Operation Bluestar, to arouse communal sentiments that could pose 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 handle to support Lakha Sidhana, the Punjab gangster, who has been identified as among the key figures who masterminded behind Red Fort incident of 26th January, 2021. Government sources said that since he is a social media influencer, with 1.2 million followers, such posts by him would make an impact on a large number of people which could lead to a potential law and order problem. “Therefore, in public interest and to ensure that no law and order issue is created, the home ministry requested the ministry of electronics and information technology to block his Twitter handle,” a source said.

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