Name-shame: Chinmayanand, Sengar posters surface in UP

Name-shame: After CAA-protesters' hoardings, Chinmayanand, Kuldeep Sengar's posters surface in Uttar Pradesh

While Sengar was sentenced to life for raping a minor, Chinmayanand has been accused of sexually exploiting a law student of his college. (DH Photo)

In an apparent bid to give the Uttar Pradesh government a taste of its own medicine after it named and shamed anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters by putting up hoardings at important crossings and thoroughfares in Lucknow containing their names and addresses, a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader also put up posters of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, who was convicted for rape, and another rape accused saffron party leader Chinmayanand.

The posters were put up by SP leader IP Singh late on Thursday night, according to the sources here. They were put up just beside the huge hoardings of 57 anti-CAA protesters. 

''Ye hain Pradesh ki betiyan ke apradhi...inse savdhan rahen,'' (they have committed crimes against the girls....the girls should be careful), say the posters, which carried the pictures of Sengar and Chinmayanad.

''After all, the BJP thinks that criminals do not have the right to privacy. I have only followed the path shown by the BJP,'' Singh said.

While Sengar was sentenced to life for raping a minor, Chinmayanand has been accused of sexually exploiting a law student of his college.

Police sources said that the administration managed to remove a few posters after getting the information but several of them were still there. ''We will remove all such posters,'' said a senior police official here.

The hoardings of the anti-CAA protesters have not yet been removed even as there has been no stay on the Allahabad High Court's directive to do so by the Supreme Court. The High Court has asked the state government to remove all the hoardings by Monday.

Both the High Court and the apex court had come down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government for putting up the hoardings. Rights activists also slammed the state government's action. Former Uttar Pradesh IPS officer S R Darapuri, whose name also appeared in the hoardings, said that he would file a defamation case against the administration.

Darapuri had been arrested by the police for protesting against the CAA. The court, however, granted him bail after the police failed to produce any evidence linking him with the violence. ''It is unconstitutional....we have not been convicted by the courts...there is no charge sheet against us,'' he said.

As many as 21 people were killed and around one thousand arrested during the anti-CAA protests in the state in December last year. 

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