The Chennai police arrested the owner of a bakery on Friday for placing a racist advertisement on social media that said “no Muslim staff”.
The Chennai police said that R1 Mambalam Station Inspector S Balamurali arrested 27-year-old Prasanth, the owner of the Jain Bakeries and Confectioneries on Friday.
The police said that the advertisement insulted and hurt the feelings of the religious community.
The advertisement was circulated on social media through WhatsApp that belonged to Jain communities.
Jain Bakeries and Confectioneries owner was arrested for advertising his store with a tagline 'no Muslim staffs'.
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The advertisement had “Made by Jains on orders, no Muslim staffs” written on the upper portion of a banner.
The message was shared on Twitter, where it caught the attention of a lot of people.
R1 Mambalam Station Inspector S Balamurali took action on his own after he saw the tweet on Twitter.
Talking about the bakery business, he said:
He operates a home bakery and the advertisement was circulated on WhatsApp group for people from the Jain community in Chennai. He would receive orders on the app and would bake the items at home and then deliver. When the advertisement came to my knowledge and I took suo motu action.
The owner was arrested and booked under the sections 295(a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) and 504 (intentionally insulting, and thereby provoking any person, intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code).
The owner of the Jain Bakeries and Confectioneries is currently out on bail.