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Woman student sent to jail for making slogan “Fascist BJP govt down”

A young woman who studying at canada  came to be with her parents in Southern district of tamilnadu was sent to jail for 15 days on Monday for shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government in a flight in the presence of Tamil Nadu BJP president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan. 

The woman called the BJP government at the Centre “fascist” following which Dr Soundararajan picked up an argument with her at the Thoothukudi airport in Tamil Nadu.

The woman, identified as Louis Sophia, was arrested and later produced before the judicial magistrate at Thoothukudi from where she was sent to judicial custody for 15 days. 

In a video that went viral on social media, BJP TN President Soundararajan was seen losing her cool and arguing with Sophia, a doctoral student of Physics at the University of Montreal, in the arrival lounge of the Thoothukudi airport. BJP workers threatened  Sophia could be heard angrily asking her to apologise.

Tamilisai accused Sophia who was seated behind her in the flight of raising slogan “down with the fascist BJP government”. Even as a policewoman was trying to pacify her, she said that woman raised the slogan when she went to collect her baggage from the cabin.

On the complaint filed by the BJP leader, the police arrested Sophia, a native of Thoothukudi, on the charges of causing public nuisance and a breach of public peace under sections of the IPC and the Madras City Police Act, 1888. 

Sophia’s father has filed a counter complaint against Tamilisai and her supporters for issuing death threats to his daughter. But that complaint not been taken up .

Soundararajan later told the media that the student rose in a “menacing” manner against her. She felt there was a threat to her life in the manner in which the woman protested, Soundararajan said.

“A middle-aged lady on seeing me started raising anti-BJP slogans and even followed up to the arrival gate,” the BJP leader said. 

“She is not an ordinary person,” the BJP leader said, adding that there must be some “organisation” behind her protest which should be probed. The words used by her was not used by ordinary people, she noted.

The hashtag in tamil meaning “Fascist BJP govt down”  went  viral and trended in top slot reflecting the angry mood against BJP in tamilnadu 

But the video went on Social media said a total different tale and BJP party men along with Tamilisai threatened  young student Sophia

Leaders of various political parties including the CPI-M, CPI and PMK criticized the police “high handedness” and demanded the woman’s immediate release.

DMK leader M.K .Stalin condemned  arrest of women student  and said for just saying fascist bjp govt down  if arrest been made then  how many lakhs people will be arrested who said this  and he also completed the tweet with  “Fascist BJP govt down ” 

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