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Inciting hate with tweets; Twitter suspends retired IPS officer NC Asthana’s account

On Tuesday, Twitter suspended the account of Nirmal Chandra Asthana, former Director-General of Poilce (DGP) Kerala over his Islamophobic tweets and said that the account violates the Twitter rules.

This comes after the former top cop had made anti-Muslim comments in a series of tweets. The microblogging site has come under growing pressure to take further action against Asthana in the wake of his Islamophobic tweets which incite hate and violence.

Last week, a video of at least nine Muslims being brutally beaten by policemen in a Saharanpur police station was shared by Asthana on Twitter with the caption “Beautiful, very beautiful.” The video had surfaced on social media a day after several parts of India saw protests over former BJP leaders’ derogatory remarks on the prophet Muhammad.

Asthana has posted over two dozen tweets praising the actions of the police personnel against Muslims in the video, as well as the demolitions of Muslim houses.

While sharing the picture of a Muslim protester being beaten by polycarbonate pipes by cops in Prayagraj, the 1986-batch IPS officer of the Kerala cadre had tweeted about regretting the use of polycarbonate pipes for suppressing protests during his tenure.

In several of his tweets, he heaped praise on UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, referring to him as “Maharaj ji”. 

He also referred to journalists as “pimps”, “idiots”, and “donkeys”.

“He thought he had immunity. He was wrong,” read a tweet by SAATH (Stand Against Abuse Troll Harassment.)

“Brilliant, he was toxic beyond redemption,” Mahila Congress’s Dr Pooja Tripathi responded to the news.

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