Noida : The city police has lodged a case against unidentified persons for defacing a banner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph, installed at a petrol pump in Sector 35. It is alleged that some Congress workers on Sunday had smeared grease on the poster of the Prime Minister as a mark of protest against the completion of two years of the BJP-led NDA government.
The police said an FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons.“The owner of the hoarding, VK Pandey, has also approached us with a complaint and an FIR has been filed against unidentified persons,” Neeraj Kumar Singh, in charge, Sector 24 police station, said. However, the city BJP unit and a social group Rashtriya Lokadhikar Sangathan had also written to police for lodging an FIR in the case.
“This is highly disrespectful. The persons who did this should be arrested without delay. They have not only insulted the PM but also the entire nation. They are free to mark their protest but defacement of the PM’s photo is not acceptable,” said Rakesh Sharma, BJP’s Noida unit chief. The city unit of the Congress maintained that they have only registered their protest against the ‘fake advertisements of the achievements’ of the Modi government.
“What police case do they want against us? Can’t we mark our protest against the fake advertisements by the government? People are suffering from skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel, pulses, vegetables and other basic commodities. The government has recently imposed additional tax on each product and services. The BJP is trying to manipulate the issue with such acts. There was nothing wrong in that protest,” said Pawan Sharma, in charge, Noida city Congress committee.