05/01/2016 4:22 PM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:40 PM IST

Sedition Charges Against Man Who Made Derogatory Remarks About Lt. Col. Niranjan

Indian army soldiers carry a portrait of India's National Security Guard commando, Niranjan Kumar, who was among those killed in the attack on the Pathankot air force base after his body was brought to Bangalore, India, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. At least two gunmen were holed up in a two-story building on the Indian air force base near the Pakistan border and exchanging gunfire with troops Monday, more than two days after they and several others attacked the heavily fortified compound, officials said. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- A 24-year-old man was today arrested in Malappuram district for allegedly making unsavoury remarks on social media against Lt Colonel E K Niranjan, who was killed while defusing a grenade during the terror attack at Pathankot IAF base.

The man, identified as Anwar Sadhik, was arrested under IPC 124 (A) (sedition).

Police said Sadhik, posing himself as a journalist attached to a regional daily, allegedly made derogatory remarks against Niranjan and his family in his Facebook post.

He was arrested based on a complaint by the management of the regional daily, whose name he used in the post.

A casual labourer at a local shop was arrested from his house at Chemmankadavu in Malappuram district in the wee hours today, police said.

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