Odisha YouTuber ‘Untalented Guy’ arrested for firing at youth over Instagram comment

Balasore: Balasore police arrested a YouTuber on charges of firing at two youth near Remuna Golai last week over comments on Instagram.

The accused has been identified as Udit Nayak. He was allegedly posting derogatory contents on his YouTube channel and Instagram handle titled ‘Untalented Guy’.

Total six accused persons including the YouTuber have been apprehended in a case registered under sections 294/324/325/326/307/379/506/34 of IPC r/w 25/27 Arms Act, informed Balasore SP Sagarika Nath today.

According to reports, two youth — Pinku Das from Mandarpur area under Remuna police limits and Amit Kumar Das of Nianbag area — were attacked by miscreants in broad daylight near Remuna Golai on outskirts of Balasore town on May 24. The miscreants opened fire at two youth injuring them severely and fled the spot.

Sources said that Pinku and Amit were attacked by six miscreants riding two two-wheelers near Remuna Golai on May 24. Udit Nayak, the main accused, fired at the duo following a heated argument. After the victims fell down, the accused persons fled from the spot.

On receiving information, Balasore Industrial Area Police rescued the victims and took them to the DHH. Later, they were shifted to the SCB Hospital in Cuttack for treatment.

The incident took place over comments on the YouTube channel ‘Untalented Guy’, said the SP.

Narrating about the incident, the SP said, “The YouTuber indulged in heated argument with the victims over some remarks posted on his YouTube handle. Both the parties had met near Remuna Golai on May 24 to address the issue. However, the situation turned uglier, and one party assaulted another group by opening one-round firing.”

The police have seized a pistol used for firing from the possession of main accused and an empty bullet shell from the crime site.

Besides, two vehicles, one motorcycle and another scooter, used by the accused persons, seven mobile phones were also seized by the police.

Further investigation is underway. We have identified some other persons, who had aided them in committing the crime. Action will be taken against them very soon, she said.

Udit Nayak, the main accused in the case, was also involved in a murder case when he was a juvenile, the SP revealed, adding the police is verifying the backgrounds of other accused persons.

A separate team has been formed for investigation to ascertain details about the weapon procurement. Meanwhile, the bank account of the YouTuber with the deposit amounting to Rs 3.50 lakh was seized. We have written to the respective social media authorities to block the handles of YouTube and Instagram of the accused person for the abusive contents, she further said.

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