New Delhi: The micro-blogging site Twitter on Tuesday suspended Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account after he posted a series of “offensive” tweets, mostly against women.
The move by Twitter came after social media users accused the 58-year-old singer of using “inappropriate” and “insulting” language repeatedly.
The message from Twitter on his handle says that “Account Suspended: This account has been suspended…”
The singer had received strong criticism on the social media site for a series of provoking tweets against Swati Chaturvedi, a famous journalist, who had registered a police complaint against him last year in July.
The complaint led to Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s arrest. On being released on bail, he reportedly broke into tears.
The regret didn’t last long, for the defiant singer later said he would repeat his words if he wished to. On May 22, Abhijeet Bhattacharya spewed venom at some Twitter users, especially women, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student- activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted some of the netizens to lodge a complaint with Twitter.
“Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijeet Bhattacharya had to delete his tweet. His Twitter account has also been suspended,” Shehla Rashid tweeted on Tuesday.
Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijit had to delete his tweet.
His Twitter account has also been suspended. 🙂
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) May 23, 2017
Abhijeet Bhattacharya had previously retweeted about the JNU student, “There is rumor she took money for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client… big racket.”
What is the profile of people who retweet singer Abhijeet? Let’s take a quick look. pic.twitter.com/MatwWNiD4w
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) May 23, 2017
In another tweet, he had insulted a woman Twitter user when she called him out for his incendiary tweets, where he wrote, “You Ms Pak. Tell me your cage no? Will reach there… Will do the favourite pose.”
RT @abhijeetsinger: You Ms PAK .. Tell me your cage no ?? Will reach there .. will do d favourite pose .Dil jit liya Bhai, ready too
— yashwant singh (@Syashwant2Singh) May 22, 2017
However, it is unclear if the decision taken by Twitter is temporary or permanent.
When contacted, Abhijeet Bhattacharya told PTI, “Author Arundhati Roy and people supporting JNU” were behind the suspension of his account.
“Yes, I just saw it. They are trying to block Paresh Rawal also. All Arundhati and JNU group behind this after Paresh Rawal and I tweeted against Arundhati for her anti- India stand,” he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)MP-actor Paresh Rawal kicked up a row with his remark that author Roy should be tied to an army jeep instead of a stone pelter, a reference to an incident in Kashmir where a protester was used as a “human shield” by security personnel against a mob.
Asked if he would take any step to reinstate his Twitter handle, Abhijeet said, “I (don’t) care a damn… entire nation is with me.”