Ahmedabad Police arrested eight people on Friday for allegedly displaying objectionable slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in public places and on government property.
The Ahmedabad crime branch (ACB) stated that slogans such as “Modi Hatao Desh Bachao” were displayed in various parts of the city on March 30 in an”unauthorised manner.” In single night posters were displayed with slogans in various parts of Ahmedabad. In next morning, orders were issued to remove posters.
Meanwhile, based on CCTV footage, the Crime Branch investigated and found a case in a total of 8 police stations in the city, including Isanpur police station, Maninagar police station, Vatva police station, Narol police station and Vadaj police station and airport police station. The ACB received orders to register a case and arrest the accused persons.
Those arrested were identified as Natwar Popat , Jatin Chandrakant Patel, Kuldeep Sharadkumar Bhatt, Bipin Ravindra Sharma, Ajay Suresh Chauhan, Arvind Gorji Chauhan, Jivan Vasu Maheshwari, and Paresh Vasudev Tulsiya.
As far as the Ahmedabad Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the special branch of the city police are concerned, they have also failed to prevent such posters from being displayed for PM Modi in Ahmedabad. In the wake of the posters targeting the Prime Minister, the PM’s photos went viral as well, leading to many questions being raised regarding the investigation by the IB and the special branch.
While most police stations have registered the offence under the Press and Book Registration Act, the airport police have not registered any offences under this law, which has become a topic of debate. BJP workers are discussing whether the police are shielding the accused, or whether authorities will take action or suppress the issue.
In response to the incident, Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party president Isudan Gadhvi said on Thursday that the arrested workers were party members and that the police action demonstrates that the Bharatiya Janata Party is scared.
“Look at the dictatorship of BJP! Aam Aadmi Party workers in Gujarat have been jailed under various sections of the IPC in connection with the posters of Modi hatao desh bachao! If this is not fear of Modi and the BJP, then what else? Try as hard as you want! Aam Aadmi Party workers will fight,” Gadhvi tweeted.
Aam Aadmi Party state convener Gopal Rai announced on Thursday that the party had started a nationwide poster campaign with the slogans “Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao” in 22 states.
Gopal Rai also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is engaged in ending the country’s democratic systems instead of fixing the education-health system and removing unemployment.
Posters in Hindi, English, and all other regional languages are being displayed across the country in 22 states. “This campaign aims to send a message across the country about how PM Modi failed to fulfil his promise to farmers, took away labourers’ rights, and suppressed students in universities. PM Narendra Modi is working to bring the country’s democratic systems to an end “he claimed.
Rai stated that from April 10, similar posters would be put up at universities across the nation to raise awareness of the campaign among the students.
Previously, on March 23, the AAP held a large public meeting at Jantar Mantar under the banner ‘Modi Hatao Desh Bachao,’ which was addressed by AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann.
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