Thiruvananthapuram, June 12: Six persons, including four students of a government polytechnic, were arrested today in connection with the college magazine featuring Narendra Modi’s picture among 13 “negative faces”.
The other faces included those of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, executed Mumbai gunman Ajmal Kasab, Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush. The magazine was brought out by the Thrissur-based college’s students’ union, which is controlled by CPM student wing SFI.
Those arrested include staff editor and lecturer P.K. Gopi and Rajeev, the owner of a local press, Printo Designers. All six were released on bail.
College principal M.N. Krishnan Kutty, who is among the seven people booked in the case, was not arrested as he was ill, police said. The arrests came on a complaint by BJP youth wing Yuva Morcha.
The charges include defamation, printing defamatory matter, insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, wanton provocation with intent to cause a riot, criminal conspiracy, and common intention.
The students associated with printing and publishing the magazine have been suspended pending an inquiry, college officials said.
Yesterday, the police had searched the college and confiscated copies of the magazine, a computer and hard discs.