New Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested 25 people over posters allegedly criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi related to the management of the Coronavirus crisis in the country. These posters were put up in many parts of the national capital with messages like: “Modi ji, aapne humare bacchon ki vaccine videsh kyu bhej diya?” (Modi ji, why did you send vaccines meant for our children, abroad?).
The police have registered more than 25 First Information Reports or FIRs under sections of the Defacement of Public Property Act besides other laws.
On May 12, the police were informed about posters criticising PM Modi were put up across the city. It is being said that police recovered around 800 such posters and banners and removed all of them by May 13. According to a media report, those arrested include a 19-year school dropout, a 30-year e-rickshaw driver, a 61-year-old wage laborer.
Police said that an FIR was registered in North Delhi and one person was arrested. This person has claimed that he was given 500 rupees for putting up three posters. Another case was registered in Shahdara, where police recovered CCTV footage of the incident and tried to apprehend the people involved in the incident.
Who directed to put up these posters?
The Delhi police is probing the matter to find out who instructed these people to put up the posters by giving them money, however, they have not been able to find the main culprit and are questioning the 25 people arrested in the case so far.
The arrests were made by four different divisions of the police – eastern range, east, central and northeast – suggesting the operation was a coordinated action.