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Six arrested for featuring Modi in ‘negative faces’ list of college magazine

LiveMint logoLiveMint 12-06-2014 PTI

Thrissur: Six people, including four students, of a government polytechnic college in Kerala have been arrested on the charge of defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi by featuring his photograph in their college magazine under a list of “negative faces” along with Adolf Hitler, George W Bush, Osama bin Laden and a few others.

Those arrested last night included lecturer and staff editor Gopi and magazine designer Rajeev. The college principal M.N .Krishnan Kutty, who was among the seven persons booked on 10 June, was not arrested as he was ill, police said.

All of them were later released on bail, police said.They were arrested on a complaint by Yuva Morcha state vice-president K.K .Aneeshkumar.

Police on Wednesday raided the polytechnic college at Kuzhoo here and confiscated 392 copies of the magazine, as well as computers and hard disks of the designers of the magazine. Meanwhile, five students, closely associated with printing and publishing of the magazine and all of whom are activists of the student union controlled by a pro-left campus outfit, have been suspended pending an inquiry, college officials said.

On 10 June, they were booked by police with cases registered against them for offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including concealing design to commit offence, wantonly giving provocation, punishment for defamation and printing matter known to be defamatory. The campus magazine for 2013-14 was released recently and one of its pages titled ‘negative faces’ featured a photograph of Modi. Others in the collage included sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supremo V. Prabhakaran, Adolf Hitler, Al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden and George W Bush, police said.

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