Traders held over posters comparing Modi, Kim; say only meant to register grievances

On Thursday, hoardings had come up across Lucknow, stating that as “Kim has decided to destroy the world, Modi has decided to destroy business.”

Written by AVANEESH MISHRA | Lucknow | Updated: October 15, 2017 7:31 am
Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi hoardings, Narendra Modi posters, Kim Jong-un, Kanpur, hoardings, lucknow hoardings, kanpur hoardings, posters, india news, indian express news A poster comparing the two leaders in Kanpur. (Source: Express photo)

TWO DAYS after 22 traders were booked in Kanpur for putting up hoardings likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to North Korean president Kim Jong-un, the prime accused in the case on Saturday said they had no intention of maligning the PM’s image, and were only highlighting banks’ refusal to accept small coins, which was affecting their businesses.

On Thursday, hoardings had come up across Lucknow, stating that as “Kim has decided to destroy the world, Modi has decided to destroy business.” Following this, an FIR was lodged at Govind Nagar police station against 22 traders, whose names were mentioned in the hoardings, on charges of provocation with intent to cause riot and statements conducing to public mischief.

A labourer, Praveen Kumar Agnihotri, was arrested while putting up the posters. Raju Khanna, a trader and the main accused — his photograph finds place in all posters — said, “We took the initiative to make the PM aware of the grievances of small traders. We are on the verge of shutting down.” Criticism of govt does not amount to sedition: Soli Sorabjee

Alleging that banks have refused to take deposits in coins, he said: “After demonetisation, there are not enough currency notes available… Mostly, small traders like us get coins from customers. But the banks are not ready to accept these coins… We do not know how to run our business and the government has come up with a rule that larger transactions have to be made through cheques.”

Khanna said the traders had collected money and got 100 posters printed. Among these, 87 were displayed and the rest were seized by the police. Most of the posters have been removed by the police. Kanpur Additional SP (South) Ashok Kumar Verma said: “The posters were put up on Thursday. An FIR too was registered the same day by Sub-Inspector Rajesh Awasthi, in charge of the concerned outpost.”

“We have lodged an FIR under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot-if rioting be committed-if not committed) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC and the UP Special Power Act,” said senior S-I Anil Chaubey of Govind Nagar police station. “Praveen Kumar Agnihotri, who was hired, was arrested while putting up the posters at Nand Lal crossing in the city. He was later released,” he added.

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  1. N
    Oct 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    Please vote congress then you get freedom of speech,freedom of black money,freedom of corruption,freedom of communalism,freedom of rape,freedom of arrest all the Hindus,freedom of sell our country to poki or china,freedom of terrorist,freedom of separatist, freedom of leader,these are all free with no GST and revoke of demonization to allow free flow of counterfeit notes and Diwali to black money holders... country like India are more tolerant towards corruption for 6 decades but we are intolerant not to wait for some one atleast to take some initiative to clean up the mess done by the predecessors. jai hind 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
    1. A
      Oct 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm
      I understand that there are implementation issues in the GST but the real issue is that businessmen don't want to pay up at all.They were happy gulping down the sweets until the sugar and the flour came from the pockets of the overburdened service class who have been paying up their dues since years..It's time that every Indian citizen contributes to nation building
      1. S
        Smart Alec
        Oct 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm
        The fatal mistake the government made is not realising that small traders were making profits ONLY by evading taxes. GST has made them desperate.
      2. D
        Oct 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm
        This is sheer "DICTATORSHIP"
        1. S
          Oct 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm
          Since when is commenting about PM aid a crime in India. Thought India was democratic country. Just look at US to see how Trump is lampooned. Forgot that India is ruled by Modi??? No wonder there is no freedom of expression.
          1. Y
            yash sehgal
            Oct 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm
            Bhartiya Jumla Party came to power post emergency in 1977 bcz CONgress made the mistake to usurp freedom of speech. Now BJP is going to do the same by bringing curb on social media n muzzling people.
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