Police will take action against a YouTuber, ‘Hindustani Bhau’ alias Phatak, after it emerged he had asked students to gather in Dharavi area in Mumbai near the residence of Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad to demand cancellation of offline exams for classes 10 and 12 Monday, an official said.
Officials said the YouTuber would have to face the law as prima facie because he had appealed to students to gather at Ashok Mill Naka in Dharavi. Vikas Phatak was also present at the venue.
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Several hundred students protested Monday afternoon at Ashok Mill Naka to increase their demands. The students pleaded against holding the council exams for grades 10 and 12 in person, saying they had studied online due to COVID restrictions. The police spread the students from protesting to prevent them to go to the minister housewing.
In response to a question, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Zone V, Pranay Ashok said: The action will be taken according to the law against anyone responsible for inciting students.
Another police official said that ‘Hindustani Bahu’ had visited the Dharavi police station and asked the police not to stop students from reaching Gaikwad’s residence. When senior police officers asked him to give a letter of demand and assured him that it would be forwarded to the minister, Bhau left the police station. Hindustani Bhau, a former Bigg Boss contestant, is popular for his videos which are marked by the unique delivery of slang words with which he mainly targets Pakistan and other YouTubers from that country.
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