Delhi Police file 50 FIRs over AAP’s anti-Modi posters

Police have removed 2000 posters in the last 24 hours and detained six people over anti-Modi posters.

| Updated: 22 March, 2023 3:42 pm IST
Delhi minister Gopal Rai said the anti-Modi posters were put by the AAP across Delhi. (Photo credit: Sumit Kumar)

Even as AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal sought a truce with the Centre, the Delhi Police have registered more than 50 FIRs and detailed six people over anti-Modi posters put up by his party in the national capital.

Posters reading ‘Modi Hatao Desh Bachao’ (Remove Modi, Save the Nation) were pasted on walls, flyovers, bridges, and residential & commercial buildings across the capital city over the weekend.

Police lodged the FIRs on the charge of defacing public property, at several police stations, calling the posters “objectionable”. Provisions under the printing press act have been added.

“The administration is running a drive to remove posters from walls of the city as it gears up to organise the G20 summit later this year. In the backdrop of this drive, some posters were found to be objectionable and therefore FIRs have been registered,” said special commissioner of police Dependra Pathal.

Six people, including a van driver, have been taken into custody for their alleged role in pasting these posters and they were being interrogated, the officer informed.

Police said it removed more than 2000 “objectionable” posters including those ‘Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao’ written on them from public property in the last 24 hours.

The anti-Modi posters did not carry the name of the publisher or any party or leader on whose behest they were put up, but the people detained by the police said that the posters were pasted on instructions of leaders of a political party.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) social media handles defended the posters and questioned the police action.

“Dictatorship of the Modi government is at its peak. What is so objectionable in this poster that Modi Ji has filed 100 FIRs? PM Modi, you probably do not know but India is a democratic country. So scared of one poster! Why?” AAP tweeted.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harish Khurana alleged that AAP leaders have printed these objectionable posters. “It’s the Aam Aadmi Party who printed these posters without the name of the publishers. I dare them to print these posters with the name of Arvind Kejriwal as its publishers. You have abused India’s PM which will not be accepted by the people of this country,” he said.

In the afternoon, Delhi minister Gopal Rai held a press conference to own up the posters and announce a campaign named ‘Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao’ beginning Thursday.

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