A Tamil student studying in Canada, Sofia Lois was granted bail by a Thoothukudi court on Tuesday. She was arrested on Monday following a complaint by BJP chief Tamilsai Soundarajan for heckling her. It is alleged that Sofia on the same flight as the BJP leader had shouted ‘Down with Modi-BJP-RSS fascist government’ when Tamilsai had gone near the student to collect her baggage.
TN BJP Chief confronted the student and an angry exchange followed. The airlines staff had a tough time trying to pacify the BJP leader. On reaching Thoothukudi, the BJP chief filed a complaint against Sofia on the grounds of being a public nuisance and for breaching public civility following which she was arrested. However she has been granted bail by the Thoothukudi court on Tuesday.
Sofia is a research scholar in Canada and was on her way home in Thoothukudi. Reportedly, Sofia who was seated in the first row on the flight shouted the anti government words when Tamilsai moved near her and this upset the latter.
It is understood that Sofia’s Father too has given a complaint, but no action has been taken so far.