Seditious slogans: Police investigation in full swing, says SP

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2015 20:17 IST

The superintendent of police (SP) Mohit Chawla on Sunday said the police have intensified investigation into the seditious slogans written on the walls of under-construction employee state insurance corporation (ESIC) medical college at Nerchowk of Balh segment.

"Police are leaving no stone unturned to nab the culprits who wrote abusive language against Indian citizens and the Constitution of India," Chawla said while addressing reporters along with other officers.
"We are investigating the matter from all possible angles and have asked all the labour suppliers and the contractors to submit the list of migrant labourers who have been either working with them or have left the job in the past few months," he added.

Chawla further said at present 423 migrant labourers are working in the ESIC complex and police are collecting finger prints and interrogating each labourer individually.

"At present 5,210 migrant labourers are registered with different poice stations of the district and special teams have been formed to check and verify their registrations and speed up verification if pending," he said.
The SP added that the police are also waiting for the forensic report from which the exact date of wall writing would be established. The slogan writer had written "September 2014" on the wall.

The police are under immense pressure as the government is facing criticism by opposition political parties and other non political fronts over the alleged disturbed law-and-order situation in the state.

What happened

Local residents working at the construction site of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college building at Nerchowk area were shocked to find 'Pakistan Zindabad' (long live Pakistan) besides expletives against Indian citizens written in Hindi.

Police believe somebody may have tried to promote enmity and hatred between the people of different beliefs. However situation has so far remained normal. Hundreds of migrant labourers are working at the construction site. Local residents allege that many of these migrant labourers are not registered with the police and contractors and suppliers do not bother to seek police verification prior to appointing them.

The incident has raised concerns about the negligence of local police and intelligence agencies. These departments are being accused of failing to initiate any precautionary measure after Intelligence Bureau (IB) warnings that somebody possessed a satellite phone in Balh area, and that a few people who returned from foreign countries particularly the Gulf have been engaging in suspicious acts.

Police have registered a case under section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 124A - sedition (by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government estab­lished by law) and are investigating the crime.

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