Itanagar, May 28: An Itanagar court on Friday remanded YouTuber Paras Singh, arrested in Punjab for allegedly making a racial slur against an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, to police custody for one day.
Singh, who was also charged with inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of the Northeastern state for his comments made in a video posted on YouTube, was brought here on Thursday night from Ludhiana in Punjab. The 22-year-old will be again produced before the court virtually on Saturday. A senior police officer claimed that Singh made the controversial comment to gain publicity and boost income through his channels on the video-sharing website which are monetised.
A Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the state police went to Ludhiana and secured a three-day transit remand from a court there to bring the accused to Arunachal Pradesh, a senior police official said. In a video posted on Saturday on his YouTube channel dealing with mobile games, Singh had made certain comments on senior Congress MLA Ninong Ering and Arunachal Pradesh. His remarks were regarding a letter written by Ering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to ban the re- launch of PUBG Mobile India's new avatar Battlegrounds Mobile India.
Singh, however, apologised for the comments in another video posted on Monday. The state government on Monday filed a case against the YouTuber accusing him of making a racial slur against the MLA and inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh. SIT SP Rohit Rajbir Singh said that Singh earns money through two YouTube channels and one of them, with 3.94 lakh subscribers, exclusively deals with how to play PUBG.
In his letter to the PM, Ering had claimed that the mobile game was aimed at deceiving the government and citizens and should be banned in the country. The YouTuber was angry with Ering because if the game is banned, his income will go down, the SIT chief said. He made the controversial video also to gain widespread attention and get more views to increase his income which is around Rs 20,000-Rs 25000 per month, the police officer claimed. Paras Singh's other channel, which has 4.67 lakh subscribers, provides viewers information and tips on new dresses, weapons and skins of games like COD mobile and PUBG, he said.
A skin is a graphic or audio download that changes the appearance of characters in video games. The 22-year-old accused studied up to class 10 and lives with his mother. He earns money through his YouTube channel. The YouTuber who was on the run since Monday was arrested the next day by Ludhiana Police.