College magazine carrying remarks against PM Modi withheld

  • PTI, Thrissur
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 21:07 IST

A college magazine allegedly containing adverse remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was withheld with the management of the printing press objecting to the content.

Angered over this, a group of students belonging to the CPI(M)'s student's wing Students Federation of India (SFI) protested, but the printing press management refused to budge. The magazine with the title 'Puram Modi" was sponsored by the volunteers of SFI in Maharajas Technical Institute.

The Magazine carrying the title 'Puram Modi' was sponsored by the students Union controlled by Students Federation of India of Maharajas Technical Institute in Thrissur was withheld by the printing press after its management noticed a photo and an article that allegedly showed Modi in a poor light.

"Students came to us with a request to urgently print 300 copies of the college magazine for the year 2014. The article on Modi was noticed when the copies were being packed", owner of the press James said.

"I told them that the copies will not be released as it contained remarks against Modi, who is the Prime Minister of the country", he said.

When contacted, college authorities said that the magazine was brought out by the students on their own as the College had refused permission for the magazine last year.

The college has nothing to do with that now, they said, adding the fund for printing the magazine was raised by the students itself.

Meanwhile, police said that they were looking into the matter.

Twice last year, principals of two different colleges in Thrissur district and some students had courted controversy after college magazines with some objectionable contents had been published.

On June 16, 2014, police had registered a case against the Principal and 11 students of Sree Krishna College at Guruvayur after its campus magazine was found to be having "objectionable and unsavoury" language against Modi.

This was close on the heels of the Principal and six students of Government Polytechnique at Kunnamkulam being arrested for adding Modi's photograph in the college magazine under the list of "negative" face along with Adolf Hitler, George Bush and forest brigand Veerapan.

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