MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: A police constable in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has been placed on suspension after a WhatApp message in which he criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi was widely circulated on social media.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders complained to the Maharashtra police about the “defamatory post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi” sent to a WhatApp group by Ramesh Shinde, who was a member of the security detail of former Maharashtra revenue minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.

In his post, Shinde wrote about difficulties faced by the people under the Modi-led BJP government.

This is not the first time a post on social media critical of the government has received widespread attention.

Recently, a video posted by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable in Gujarat poking fun at the state government, including use of the phrase “Vikas gando thayo che”, was widely distributed on social media. In the video, the CRPF constable spoke about the long hours of duty and working conditions as well as a 1 percent increase in dearness allowance.

In April, a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier posted in Jammu and Kashmir was relieved of his service after he took to Facebook to complain about the quality of food being served. Tej Bahadur Yadav was dismissed following an internal inquiry.