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Editor booked for publishing morphed picture of Sikh gurus

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, July 20, 2013
First Published: 22:10 IST(20/7/2013) | Last Updated: 22:10 IST(20/7/2013)

A day after some Sikh bodies allegedly vandalised a Punjabi daily's office for publishing the morphed picture of Sikh gurus, the local police on Saturday booked its editor.

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Daba police station booked Rajesh Sharma, editor of Khuli Soch, an evening daily, under sections 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 298 (Uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile, several Sikh bodies continued their protest on Saturday by blocking traffic on Gill road.

The protesters demanded arrest of the newspaper's editor.

Jagdev Singh, president, Baba Buddha Ji Gurmat Granthi Sabha, said if the police did not arrest the accused, they would intensify their protest.

Sharma on Friday had said that someone had posted morphed picture of Sikh gurus on Facebook, and they had only published the picture in the newspaper to criticise the act of the accused. “We had no intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments,” he had added.

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