Paras Singh is a painful reminder of India's racism against its own people

Itanagar: Punjab-based YouTuber Paras Singh, who has now gone infamous for racial remarks against senior Congress MLA Ninong Ering and the people of Arunachal, has been taking virtual history lessons on Arunachal Pradesh from the state’s police during his stay in Itanagar.

Following his arrest by Ludhiana police, Paras was safely taken into custody and brought to Itanagar by air by the SIT team of Arunachal Police late on Thursday night.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Yupia had on Friday sent him to one-day police custody. On Saturday, Paras was remanded to six days judicial custody by the court today. He shall be lodged at the district Jail in Jully near Itanagar for this period.

“After taking him (Paras) into custody, the police took him on a virtual educational tour on the history, geography and demography of the state. We showed him videos of the state’s diverse tourism landscape and he was also made aware of the different tribes and cultures of Arunachal, including their songs and cuisines,” Special Investigation Team (SIT) superintendent of police Rohit Rajbir Singh told EastMojo.

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Singh said the YouTuber was also educated on the international border that India and China share by showing the same to him on a world map.

India and China share a 3,488-km-long border running along Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.

YouTube gamer Paras Singh, who goes by the name ‘Paras Official’ on YouTube, had in one of his videos posted on Sunday termed MLA Ering as “non-Indian” and Arunachal Pradesh as “a part of China”.

Singh made the comments while reacting to a recent letter from Ering, addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting a ban on the relaunch of PUBG Mobile India’s new avatar Battlegrounds Mobile India.

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Ering, also a former Lok Sabha member, had reasoned that the game was aimed at deceiving the government and citizens and should be banned in the country.

Singh, while commenting on the development in his video, was heard saying that Ering does not look like an Indian and Arunachal was a part of China.

Paras Singh, who was interrogated by the SIT of Arunachal police on Friday, told investigators that the controversial video, against which a case has been registered, was made by him to gain widespread attention and views, so that his monetary income could be maximized.

Singh said he was “enraged” after reading the letter sent by MLA Ering seeking a ban on PUBG, as banning the online game would have meant loss in income for him, the police informed.

“The social media influencer has now been sent to judicial custody,” the SP said.

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