A picture showing a poster on the boundary wall of a police station in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh is being shared on social media with false captions claiming that the Meerut Police has banned the entry of Bharatiya Janata Party members at the police station.
BOOM spoke to the local police and confirmed that the banner on the boundary of the police station was not put up by the policemen. The police also confirmed to BOOM that six persons had been arrested in connection with the incident and they received interim bail on Saturday.
The viral image shows the premises of Medical Police Station in Meerut, UP where a banner can be seen on the boundary wall of the police station. The Hindi text on the banner translates to 'BJP workers are banned from entering the police station premises. Station in-charge Sant Sharan Singh'.
(Hindi: भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं का थाने में आना मना है। थाना प्रभारी संत शरण सिंह)
The picture has been shared by several social media users with captions suggesting the banner was affixed by the policemen.
A Hindi caption with the viral image translates to 'Who is running the Police station?'.
(Hindi:थाने कोन चला रहा)
BOOM checked the internet for more details on the incident.
We found a statement issued from the official Twitter handle of Meerut police on May 27, 2022. The statement states that some anti-social elements were pressuring the police to take sides in a property-related dispute. It also mentions that the police will take strict action against those involved.
Meerut Police had also tweeted the name of the arrested people involved in the incident.
We then contacted Meerut police to get the details on the case. Speaking to BOOM, a police personnel said, "On Saturday the six detained people were released on interim bail. Further investigation related to the case is going on. We can confirm that the banner was not made by the in-charge of the Medical Police Station."
BOOM also spoke to Meerut-based BJP leader Anuj Vasisth. Vashishth, "This was a property issue related to a woman. The people were protesting at the police station and some of them were BJP members too. Later a big crowd turned up at the police station and someone from the crowd put up the banner at the police station."
We also found a report published in Indian Express which reported that six BJP workers were arrested for putting up the banner.
Speaking to Express, SSP Meerut Prabhakar Chaudhary said, "The act [of putting up the poster] has hurt the image of Meerut Police. We have arrested six persons in this regard."
According to the report, a property dispute involving a family escalated when BJP workers got involved and reached the police station on Friday. 'Some of the party workers then held the poster outside the police station – to grab attention. A dozen of party workers also stormed the police station' the report stated.
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