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Three held for distributing truncated India map among students at MP school

Three men, including the owner of a private school, have been arrested for allegedly distributing academic year diaries bearing truncated maps that don’t show Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India among students in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2016 21:38 IST
Truncated maps that don’t show Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India were distributed among students at a school in Madhya Pradesh.
Truncated maps that don’t show Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India were distributed among students at a school in Madhya Pradesh. (HT File Photo)

Three men, including the owner of a private school, have been arrested for allegedly distributing academic year diaries bearing truncated maps that don’t show Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India among students in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

The arrested people were booked for sedition, imputations and assertions prejudicial to national integration, and crime with a common intent under sections 124A, 153B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

Shahdol superintendent of police Sushant Saxena said the accused – identified as Green Bells Public School owner Mohd Sharif Niyazi, school principal Govind Charan Das and printing press owner Arun Agrawal – were taken into custody on Monday. The three were produced before a local court in Shahdol the same day, following which the court remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days.

The police took action after Srikrishna Gupta, Burhar division chief of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, lodged a complaint regarding the truncated map on Sunday. “We investigated the matter and found the allegations to be true,” said Saxena.

“When the school owner and the principal were questioned by the police, they claimed it was a publication error by the printing press. However, they admitted to not rectifying the error despite several parents bringing the matter to their notice,” Burhar police station in-charge Satish Dwivedi said.

Though nobody at the Green Bells Public School could be reached for comment, the opposition Congress termed the development as yet another instance of the BJP government arbitrarily using the sedition law to target people.

“The sedition law is being used arbitrarily by the BJP governments in states as well as the Centre to target opponents – whether they are JNU protesters or Patidar leader Hardik Patel. This particular act of targeting certain people with the sedition law just because of a publication error serves to illustrate the same point,” state Congress spokesperson KK Mishra said.