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BJP’s ‘accounting assistant’ arrested over threat to Priyanka Chaturvedi

Girish Maheshwari (36), who has been arrested from Ahmedabad under stringent sections of POCSO Act, is said to be an accounting assistant with the BJP

The troll who has been arrested for threatening to rape Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi’s minor daughter, is learnt to have been working for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), according to the screenshots of his Twitter profile.

Even though the account handle @GirishK1605 now seems to have been deactivated, but several screenshots of the previous abusive tweets of the accused are still being shared by many users. His profile shows that he is an “accounting assistant” with the BJP.

Earlier, he was arrested by a joint team of Mumbai and Delhi Police from Ahmedabad on Thursday. The 36-year-old accused has been charged under stringent sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as the case involved a minor. He is likely to be produce in a local court later in the day.

The arrest came two days after the Union Home Ministry reportedly directed the Mumbai police to file a case against Girish. The ministry had also asked Twitter to prove details of the account user.

The Congress leader had filed a criminal complaint against the troll after he threatened her on Twitter with the rape of her 10-year-old daughter.

On Thursday, she took to Twitter and thanked the Mumbai and Delhi Police teams and even expressed her gratitude to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his ministry for expediting the process.

Girish had issued threat on Sunday and the Delhi Police had filed an FIR in the case after receiving a complaint from the Congress spokesperson. “Despite having a picture of Lord Ram as his profile picture, the accused did not hesitate from making such remarks,” she had earlier tweeted, adding that she would take legal recourse against the abuser.

She also wrote on Twitter: “Many thanks to all those who have called and tweeted in support. Grateful. I am convinced that if there is evil in society there is even greater goodness.”

“PS: If I am a fierce woman, let me assure you am a fiercer mom & will not let those who target my children get away with threats.”

Girish’s arrest has come in the wake of heavy trolling of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj by the right wingers, who accused the minister of appeasement of minorities. She had hit back, initially “liking” the tweets that targeted her and later blocked several Twitter users who had been lampooning her.