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 Demanding that the magazine be withdrawn, the ABVP, the BJP’s student wing, disrupted classes and staged protests.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 While acting principal Babu Raj said the magazine has been withdrawn with immediate effect, Praveen said the action would not be accepted.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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                    Joby Joseph
                    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:29 am
                    This is ridiculous
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                      H1N1
                      Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm
                      Good. Keralites are given a bad name because of s like these.This is abuse of the freedom of speech. They were free to speak. So they had their freedom. Now they must be held responsible for what they said. Even in USA they have freedom of speech. But what comes out of your mouth, or on paper...can and will be held against you. You can be suspended from your jobs or jailed even. India is no different either.
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                        Khushminder Sahasi
                        Jun 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm
                        I endorse Nasah's views.
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                          Khushminder Sahasi
                          Jun 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm
                          Indeed it is!
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                            Khushminder Sahasi
                            Jun 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm
                            India grew 8 percent. This year 9 percent. Next 10%. and stagnate there until 2019. Then UPA will come to push it to 13% from 2019 to 2024. So no Modi magic but it was sound economical fundamentals concretized by MM Singh Govt from 2004 to 2014. Nuclear deal without signing NPT, India was included in 42 nation Nuclear Club. No mean achievement. Let us see if. NaMo can get us UN Security Council seat.
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                              Khushminder Sahasi
                              Jun 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm
                              India progressed under PM Manmohan Singh. He laid foundation for growth and foreign direct investment. BJP kept blocking. Since Congress did not have numbers they could. Ultimately India suffered for narrow electoral benefits. Now Modi is following same economic policy of liberalized FDI, PPP,
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                                Khushminder Sahasi
                                Jun 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm
                                Same elephant tramples people when goes mad.
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                                  Khushminder Sahasi
                                  Jun 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm
                                  These arrests are against freedom of expression. Many people perceive Modi as autocrat, authoritarian, and arrogant. So what if he is being compared with Hitler. NaMo must direct police not to arrest people based on their painting of him with Hitler and Osama. Otherwise he does not believe what he says in public.
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                                    Khushminder Sahasi
                                    Jun 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm
                                    They must pay for it. Panikkar will be listening. Else NGOs should take them to SC and block their going to Bazillions for prosution in the name of football.
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                                      sandeep rana
                                      Jun 13, 2014 at 12:24 am
                                      and yet Modi accused mamta and so many counterparts without court. grow some eyes, then ears and after that some brain.
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                                        Devil_Advocate
                                        Jun 13, 2014 at 10:28 am
                                        Its for politically framed cases! Believe me !
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                                          dont want
                                          Jun 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm
                                          One thing is for sure in India ... Poor or weaker section of society don't have freedom of speach
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                                            Iqbal
                                            Jun 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm
                                            Happy days are here already, ahead of schedule.
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