YouTuber and social media influencer Paras Singh, alias Bunty, was arrested in Ludhiana on Tuesday for his racial remark against a Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh and ill will towards the people of the state.
Paras Singh, who goes by the name Paras Official on his YouTube channel, had in a video posted on Sunday termed Congress MLA Ninong Ering a non-Indian and apparently claimed that Arunachal Pradesh was a part of China, sparking agitation and uproar in Arunachal Pradesh as well as other parts of India.
Paras Singh had apparently made the comments while reacting to a letter written by Ering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein he had sought a ban on the relaunch of PUBG Mobile as Battlegrounds Mobile India.
Paras Singh has 457k subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju confirmed Paras Singh’s arrest. He also informed that he had a conversation with the Ludhiana Commissioner of Police to speed up the process to hand over the accused to Arunachal Pradesh Police.
Punjab Police searched & taken Paras Singh under custody. Arunachal Pradesh Police team is reaching Punjab. I’ve spoken to Police Commisioner of Ludhiana for urgent Judicial process for transit remand as it’s inter-state arrest so that he can be brought to Arunachal Pradesh. https://t.co/jm3WFAeVBL
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 25, 2021
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu condemned the racial slur. Taking to Twitter, the CM wrote: “Based on the video that aims at inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh, @ArunachalPolice has already initiated action as under:-
A case under has been registered against Mr. Paras u/s 124A/ 153A/ 505(2) IPC.”
Based on the video that aims at inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh, @ArunachalPolice has already initiated action as under:-
📌A case under has been registered against Mr. Paras u/s 124A/ 153A/ 505(2) IPC. https://t.co/JVhuv6TBl1
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) May 24, 2021
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said he was ‘appalled and greatly dismayed’ to see the YouTube post, which not just ‘casts doubt on the nationality of the Arunachal Pradesh MLA but also questions about the existence of the state within India’.
1/4. I am appalled and greatly dismayed to see a recent YouTube post by one Mr Paras Singh(Bunty) where he has not only questioned the nationality of an MLA from my State of Arunachal Pradesh but also questioned the existence of our State within India.@PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/A7RISx8viU
— Chowna Mein (@ChownaMeinBJP) May 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma also condemned the racial slur incident. Taking to Twitter, the Meghalaya CM wrote – “NE stands united & condemn comments by Mr Paras Singh. We stand in solidarity with Arunachal which is an integral part of india. Racist insinuations by Paras to the people of Arunachal must be taken to task.”
NE stands united & condemn comments by Mr Paras Singh. We stand in solidarity with Arunachal which is an integral part of india. Racist insinuations by Paras to the people of Arunachal must be taken to task. @PemaKhanduBJP @KirenRijiju @ninong_erring @ChownaMeinBJP
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) May 24, 2021