Bengaluru, December 11: Taking action on the people who misused freedom of speech and shared hate posts over the demise of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai asked the police to identify and initiate legal action against them.
He took to Twitter and informed about his decision, saying his government would not tolerate any offensive tweets or social media posts about the tragic chopper crash.
"Offensive Tweets and Social Media posts about the tragic chopper crash in which we lost our #CDSGeneralBipinRawat will not be tolerated. I strongly condemn all such messages and have instructed our Police Officials to take strict disciplinary legal action against the offenders," he said on Twitter.
The Chief Minister also said that IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor in the crash was receiving the best treatment at the Air Force's Command Hospital in Bengaluru, and wished for his speedy recovery. Speaking to reporters, he said that the police chief was directed to take legal action against those who have made irresponsible comments regarding a person who led the country's armed forces.
"Similar actions are being taken in other states also. I have given directions to identify people who have made such irresponsible tweets or put up posts on Facebook, to bookcases against them and take action. It is condemnable and unpardonable. Such perverted minds must be punished," he added.
Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawa, and 11 other defence personnel were killed when a Mi17V5 helicopter carrying them crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
Informing about his visit to Command Hospital in Bengaluru, the CM said Group Captain Varun Singh is getting the best treatment there and expert doctors are treating him.
"Most of his (Singh) body is affected by burn injuries and he is being treated for it. I pray to God for his speedy recovery," he said. Bommai along with Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot had visited the Air Force's Command Hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday evening to inquire about Group Captain Varun Singh's health.
Initially admitted to a hospital at Wellington in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, he was shifted to Command Hospital on Thursday evening, for higher treatment.