One person has been arrested while 22 others have been booked in Kanpur by the police for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Posters with pictures of PM Modi and Kim Jong-Un were put up by some traders, who complained of increasing circulation of coins and banks refusal to accept coins in deposit, affecting their business.
Police have registered an FIR against the traders under Sections 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 32(2) of the UP Special Powers Act, at the Govind Nagar police station in Kanpur, reported The Hindu.
In the poster, on one side, the quote written adjacent to Kim-Jong-Un says,"Main duniya ko mita ke dum lunga(I will rest only after destroying the world)," while the other quote near to Prime minister's picture says," Main vyapar ko khatam karke hi dum lunga(I will take rest only after ending the business)."
Hindustan Times reported the posters were put by traders after banks in the city refused to take deposits in coins, saying that there were not enough chests. Some traders have claimed that some of them involved in wholesale grocery business are left with coins worth about Rs 10 to 15 lakh each, while the retailers, on an average, have a stock of coins worth Rs 6-7 lakh each.
The posters were commissioned after the traders' pleas to the local authorities and RBI branches fell on deaf ears.