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AAP Cries Dictatorship as 36 FIRs Lodged, 6 Held for Anti-Modi Posters

The Delhi Police took down 2,000 posters and seized another 2,000 being allegedly delivered to AAP headquarters.
AAP Cries Dictatorship as 36 FIRs Lodged, 6 Held for Anti-Modi Posters

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Two years after the Delhi Police arrested 30 people and lodged 25 FIRs over posters with remarks criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the COVID-19 vaccination drive, 138 FIRs were lodged and 6 people arrested on Tuesday after around 2,000 posters with the slogan “Modi hatao, desh bachao (Remove Modi, save the country)” appeared across the Capital.

“The Delhi Police registered 100 FIRs while 6 people were arrested for objectionable posters, including those against PM Narendra Modi across the city. The posters didn’t have details of the printing press. The FIR was filed under Sections of the Printing Press Act and Defacement of property Act,” Special commissioner of police Deependra Pathak told news agency ANI.

Out of the 100 FIRs, 36 were lodged for the anti-Modi posters, which were put down by the police in a crackdown. Two of the arrested men own a printing press.

According to the police, the printing press owners said that they had received an order to print 50,000 “Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao” posters.

The Centre-Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) duel further intensified with the police seizing another 2,000 posters inside a van in IP Estate and claiming that the driver said that he was instructed to deliver them to the party headquarters, NDTV reported. He had delivered a similar consignment on Monday too, the police said.

Pathak told The Indian Express that the van was intercepted in IP Estate while it was coming from the AAP headquarters on DDU Marg.

“The arrested man disclosed that he was asked by his employer to deliver the posters at AAP’s headquarters and had made a delivery a day earlier as well. We have arrested two other men and further investigations are on,” Pathak said.

The BJP accused the AAP of lacking the courage to admit they had put up the posters. “The AAP doesn’t have the courage to say that it put up the protests. They broke the law while putting up the posters,” Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said in a video on Twitter.

Responding to the police action, the AAP said that the PM is “scared of one poster” and the government’s “dictatorship” is at its “peak”.

“What is so objectionable in this poster that Modi-ji filed 100 FIRs? PM Modi, you probably do not know but India is a democratic country. So scared of one poster! Why?” the party tweeted in Hindi.

The AAP has announced a protest at Jantar Mantar to demand Modi’s ouster on Thursday.

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