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Twitter suspends singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya's account

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 May 2017, 10:11 IST

Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya's account on micro-blogging site Twitter was suspended on Tuesday after he posted a series of offensive tweets.

The move by the microblogging site came after social media users accused the 58-year-old singer of using "inappropriate" and "insulting" language, espcially against women.

"Account Suspended: This account has been suspended...," stated the message from Twitter on his handle.

The singer had received flak on the social media site for a series of inflammatory tweets against journalist Swati Chaturvedi, who had registered a police complaint against him last year in July.

The complaint led to his arrest. On being released on bail, the singer 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 spewed venom at some women Twitter users, including JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted some of the people to lodge a complaint with Twitter.

"Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijeet had to delete his tweet. His Twitter account has also been suspended," Shehla tweeted today.

While, a section of Twitter users complained against the singer, others extended their support for him and said that the is biased.

Abhijeet had previously retweeted about the JNU student, "There is rumour she took money for two hours and didn't satisfy the client... big racket."

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."

However, it is unclear if the decision taken by Twitter is temporary or permanent.

When contacted, Abhijeet told PTI, "Author Arundhati Roy and people supporting JNU" were behind the suspension of his account.

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."


- - With PTI inputs

First published: 24 May 2017, 10:11 IST
 
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