UP: Charges filed against 4 on ‘objectionable’ posters on CAA-NRC

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The Uttar Pradesh government has given police sanction to prosecute four persons in Meerut under IPC section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, caste, place of birth, residence, language etc.) . The four were booked last year for trying to create differences between the two communities by pasting objectionable posters on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide lockdown. National Register of Citizens ,NRC,

After getting the sanction, the police filed a charge sheet against the accused last week, a police official said on Tuesday. The police have booked IPC sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) (causing enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes or promotion) was also implemented. , The four men were arrested but released from jail after getting bail from a court.

“The state government had recently sanctioned prosecution against all the four accused under Section 153-A of the IPC. After receiving the acceptance letter, we filed a chargesheet against all the four accused last week under sections of the IPC framed in the FIR,” said Lalkurti Station House Officer (SHO) Atar Singh.

The case dates back to January 26, 2020, when the police were alerted about posters containing objectionable comments on CAA and NRC in different areas of Lalkurti area. During preliminary investigation, the police identified the people involved, and the next day an FIR was registered against Om Veer (35) of Meerut, Om Kar Nath Kushwaha (57) of Kanpur Nagar, Rahul (21) of Etawah and Jagseer (21). Of. Mainpuri.

Police said that investigation has revealed that the accused belonged to a group that was opposing the CAA and NRC since 2019. “Om Veer was leading the group while three other accused are its members. They came to Meerut and got involved in pasting posters of objectionable words,” said an official.

Police said they have sent a letter to the state government through the district magistrate seeking permission to prosecute the four. Sources said the request was forwarded in July 2020.

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