Surat: Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested a hawker in Surat who sells toys while imitating politicians.
A six-minute video of him selling toys while politicians — which includes Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal — had been circulating on platforms like WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter for the last couple of days.
The young man, who is in his early 20s, Avadhesh Dubey, was jailed for ten days and fined Rs 3,500.
Following his arrest, scores of people expressed their anger on social media and appealed for help.
Surat RPF Inspector Ishwar Singh Yadav justified the arrest saying, “Had we not taken any action, media would have questioned us, and now that we had indeed taken action, people are objecting to it.”
Yadav said the RPF had started making inquiries after the video went viral that showed the young man “selling toys in a particular manner”, and that an FIR was filed and Dubey arrested when they found out that he was not a registered hawker.
Dubey was arrested under sections 44, (prohibition on howking and begging), 145 B (spreading nuisance or using abusive language in railway carriage) and 147 (unlawful entry into train) of the Railway Act. Dubey was produced on Friday evening before a railway court where, Yadav said, he admitted to selling toys without a permit.