A photo of the demolition of Dhupguri Hanuman Temple and (right) Sumit Chakraborty.
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Siliguri: The vice-president of a BJP district youth wing in north Bengal has been arrested for uploading alleged provocative posts on Facebook.

Sumit Chakraborty, the vice-president of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha of Jalpaiguri district committee, was arrested on Monday evening. Chakraborty is also BJP’s social media convener for Jalpaiguri.

He has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 153A that pertaining to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc. and it carries a maximum punishment of five years in jail.

Chakraborty’s arrest comes after he posted on Facebook photographs of the demolition of a Hanuman Temple at Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district in connection with the expansion of highway that runs from Jaigaon on Bhutan border to Changrabandha on Bangladesh border.

In the post, which has now been hidden from public view, the BJP youth wing leader allegedly made instigating comments attributing vested motive over the demolition of the temple that stood in the middle of the road. He did so even as the administration has identified a new site to rebuild the temple.

As soon as the matter came to their notice, Jalpaiguri police summoned Chakraborty on Monday afternoon and arrested him in the evening.

Reacting to this, the Yuva Morcha district president Shyam Prasad alleged that Chakraborty has been arrested as he was to lead 200 Yuva Morcha workers from Jalpaiguri to a social media team meeting with BJP president Amit Shah in Kolkata on 27 June.

“This is part of a conspiracy. But let us warn the police and administration that if they continue framing our leaders, we will not hesitate to hit the streets in protest,” Prasad said.

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