Chennai journalist arrested for selling books 'against the government' at fair

The organisers alleged Anbazhagan violated rules by selling books ‘against the government’ and threatened them when they told him to shut the stall.

Published: 13th January 2020 05:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2020 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

arrest, handcuffs, crime

For representational purposes

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A day after his stall was shut down at the Chennai Book Fair, V Anbazhagan, a journalist who runs a Tamil news portal, was arrested from his house in Poonamallee at around 5.30 am on Sunday. He was later remanded to judicial custody till January 24.

The organisers alleged Anbazhagan violated rules by selling books ‘against the government’ and threatened them when they told him to shut the stall. He agreed to shut down only after police arrived.

BAPASI president R S Shanmugam told Express, “Applicants should adhere to conditions, including not displaying and selling books against or banned by the government. He initially agreed but was later found to be doing so. We sent a notice to Anbazhagan asking him to vacate on Saturday.” Police said,

“Anbazhagan violated rules of book fair. When the organisers asked him to remove the stall, an argument ensued.” Organisers alleged Anbazhagan went to their office with others and verbally abused them. The complaint was not lodged in support of a party or the government, said a statement from BAPASI, the organisers of the fair.

Arrest flayed
Leaders of opposition parties condemned the arrest. In a Facebook post, DMK chief MK Stalin said it is condemnable that permission for a stall at the book fair to sell books was cancelled.

He demanded the immediate release of Anbazhagan. MDMK leader Vaiko termed the arrest ‘an attack on freedom of expression’.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp