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IIT-Madras student group banned for criticizing Modi

30 May 2015 | By Siripriya
Governments suppressing criticism from the youth

A discussion forum for students was banned for spreading "hatred" against PM Modi by enticing SC/ST students.

The group was allegedly encouraging the students to question policies such as cow slaughter ban and the use of Hindi.

An anonymous complaint was received by the HRD Ministry, which led to an inquiry into the matter.

In context: Governments suppressing criticism from the youth

14 Apr 2012Professor arrested for circulating cartoon on Mamata

Ambikesh Mahapatra, a chemistry professor in Jadavpur University, was arrested for circulating cartoons of Mamata Banerjee and railway minister Mukul Roy.

He allegedly circulated emails containing a parody of Sonar Kella - a Satyajit Ray movie.

Hundreds of TMC workers attacked his residence and forced him to confess in writing that he was a CPI(M) supporter.

20 Nov 20122 Mumbai girls arrested for anti-Bal Thackeray post

Two girls from Mumbai were arrested after they questioned the city's shutdown for Bal Thackeray's funeral, on FB.

An uncle of one of the girls was also assaulted by Sena activists.

Shaheen Dhada and Renu Shrinivas were granted bail a few hours after they were presented in the court.

Markandey Katju, chief of Press Council of India called for strict action against the Mumbai police.

Did you know?

Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, under which the Government arrested people for posting critical comments on social media, has now been declared unconstitutional and void by the SC.
Bhatkal youth arrested for WhatsApp message on Modi

26 May 2014Bhatkal youth arrested for WhatsApp message on Modi

Syed Vaqas, a 23-year-old MBA student from Bhatkal, was arrested for sending an objectionable message on Narendra Modi.

The message was sent to an activist in Belgaum, Jayanth Tinekar.

The message contained a photoshopped image showing the final rites of Modi being performed.

Syed said that he was an AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) member from Bhatkal.

15 Oct 2014 Youth arrested for anti-Mamata post

A youth from Malda, West Bengal was arrested for making a derogatory remark against CM Mamata Banerjee on Facebook.

He was arrested on a complaint filed by TMC supporters.

The court sent him to a 14-day judicial custody.

The arrest has drawn criticism from the opposition party - CPI (M).

18 Mar 2015 Youth arrested for FB post about Azam Khan

A Class XII boy was arrested for posting a comment on FB which was found to be provocative by UP Cabinet Minister Azam Khan.

He was booked under the Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act.

A formal police complaint was lodged by the minister's PRO Fasahat Ali Khan Shanu.

30 May 2015 IIT-Madras student group banned for criticizing Modi