College magazine listed Modi as ‘negative face’, four students among seven arrested

The college students’ union is ruled by CPM student wing the SFI, and all members of the editorial board are SFI activists.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 13, 2014 2:01 am
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The Kerala police have arrested the recently retired principal, a faculty member and four students of a government polytechnic college in Kunnamkulam, Thrissur, for putting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph in the list of “negative faces” in the college’s annual magazine.

While the contents of the magazine, titled Litsokniga and with a print order of 600 copies, were finalised in October last year, the magazine was published in February. However, it was distributed only last week, at the beginning of the new academic year. Demanding that the magazine be withdrawn, the ABVP, the BJP’s student wing, disrupted classes and staged protests.

Those arrested are principal M N Krishnankutty (who retired in May), staff editor Gopi, student editor C S Praveen, editorial board members P R Nikhil, Jismon James and K M Shyam, and printing press owner Rajeev. All have been released on bail.

They face charges under IPC sections 153 (giving provocation for intent to cause riot), 500 (defamation), 501 (printing mater known to be defamatory), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (a criminal act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Police seized copies of the magazine and the computer hard disk from the DTP centre where the publication was processed. While acting principal Babu Raj said the magazine has been withdrawn with immediate effect, Praveen said the action would not be accepted.

The college students’ union is ruled by CPM student wing the SFI, and all members of the editorial board are SFI activists. “The contents of the magazine were finalised in October in consultation with the faculty. Our intention was not to demean the prime minister. We have worked on the magazine, expecting freedom of expression. As an Indian citizen, I have the freedom to criticise Modi. What we did was not wrong,’’ said Praveen.

According to the students’ union, the theme of the magazine was to explain the history of the world through different human faces. It had five categories of faces: spiritual, literature, world leaders, negative and sports, with a page dedicated for each category. The negative section has Modi, Osama bin Laden, Ajmal Kasab, Hitler, Veerappan and a few others.

 

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    Rajiv
    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:18 am
    So what? Isn't it freedom of speech? Why is it a criminal offense?
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:55 am
    All these 5 years, we used to call Manmohan Singh "robot", "clown"; but he never bothered about these. All this time, we had shared funny cartoons of Dr Singh, but the smile on his face never went away because of these. And now my fellow Indian citizens are being killed because of FB posts, a person residing in Goa is booked because of his campaigning against Modi and now these students are booked. "Wonderful" days ahead..
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:55 am
    Goa BJP ministers & MLAs are going to spend 89 lakh rupees of taxpayers' money to see football world cup in Brazil. Or, maybe they are just going to see "development model" of Brazil?
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 am
    In foreign countries its better as you know you are on your own. No one will drop at your place without asking if they can come over other than mail or rather courier guy there is no one ringing your doorbell. You mop your kitchen everyday or do it twice a week its up to you.
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 12, 2014 at 10:55 am
    Now that the NDA government, of which Gen.VK Singh is a member, has told the Supreme Court that VK Singh's order of disciplinary proceedings against COAS designate Lt.Gen. DS Suhag was "illegal, extraneous and premeditated", if he has any shred of honor left, he should immediately resign. He should fight for his supposed honor from outside the government and only come back when and if it is restored.
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 am
    When in opposition, BJP wanted 10 HEADS from across the border for every Indian Soldier's HEAD. Now in ruling, they settled for a "SARI"
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    Rocky Rana
    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:05 am
    Merciless punishment is required to such people otherwise no use of just arresting them and releasing on bail.
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    NASAH (USA)
    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Police action against freedom of speech matches with the Modi's image in the 'negative faces' list. With this brazen arrest of student journalists and curbing of university press freedom India is looking more like Modi;s Hitlerite country.
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