Singer booked on charges of de­face­ment over past­ing ‘vi­o­lent’ poster near col­lege

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - Av­tar Singh av­

SANGRUR:In what is be­ing seen as ac­tion against glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of violence in Pun­jabi songs, bud­ding singer Rocky Bhatti was on Wed­nes­day booked on charges of de­fac­ing pub­lic prop­erty and a poster of his new song — show­ing him and two others, one of them hold­ing a gun — was taken down from near Gov­ern­ment Ran­bir Col­lege.

The lyrics of the song, writ­ten too by Bhatti, are, “Ho gayi vaar­dat, lagi 302 aa; vekhin kal wala akhbar khol ke (An in­ci­dent has taken place and sec­tion 302 [mur­der charge] has been im­posed; do read to­mor­row’s news­pa­per.)”

So far, only Bhatti has been named and “will be ar­rested soon”, said se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Man­deep Singh Sidhu over the poster with “vi­o­lent con­tent”.

In­spec­tor Vinod Ku­mar, sta­tion house of­fi­cer, said, “We will also probe the pro­duc­ers, and more per­sons can be booked, in­clud­ing those seen in the poster.”

The poster fea­tures pho­tos of seven other men.

This comes days after the state’s di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice directed all SSPs to meet singers in their ar­eas and ap­peal against lyrics pro­mot­ing liquor and violence. SSP Sidhu fur­ther said, “The poster was de­lib­er­ately in­stalled near a col­lege to at­tract the youth; that too with­out any per­mis­sion.”

The case is un­der sec­tion 3 of Pun­jab Pre­ven­tion of De­face­ment of Prop­erty Act, which en­tails a max­i­mum jail term of six months .


Po­lice tak­ing away the poster of a mu­sic al­bum by Rocky Bhatti near Gov­ern­ment Ran­bir Col­lege in Sangrur on Wed­nes­day.

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