Dist mag­is­trate faces ac­tion for FB post on UP vi­o­lence

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

LUC­KNOW/AGRA: Theut­tarpradesh govern­ment said on Tues­day it could take ac­tion against Bareilly district mag­is­trate Raghven­dra Vikram Singh for a Face­book post thatques­tionedthe“newtrend”of hold­ing ti­ranga ya­tras in Mus­lim­dom­i­nated ar­eas, even as the Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) an­nounced­it­would­goa­head­with many more such ral­lies across tense west­ern Ut­tar Pradesh.

One per­son, Chan­dan Gupta, was shot dead as ten­sions flared dur­ing a ti­ranga ya­tra (tri­colour rally) in Kas­ganj on Re­pub­lic Day, lead­ing to spo­radic in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence in which shops and ve­hi­cles were burnt.

“An­ar­chy and cor­rup­tion will not be tol­er­ated. The UP govern­ment, in­clud­ing its min­is­ters and other pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives, are on a mis­sion to pro­vide ben­e­fits of devel­op­ment and se­cu­rity to all peo­ple of the state, with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion, chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said on Tues­day, in his first state­ment since the Jan­uary 26 in­ci­dent. “The cor­rupt and those spread­ing an­ar­chy will not be spared,” he added.

The state’s prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (home), Arvind Kumar said the de­ci­sion to grant per­mis­sion for the ya­tras had been left to the ad­min­is­tra­tors of in­di­vid­ual districts.

“If any un­to­ward in­ci­dent takes place in any district, the district ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cers will be held re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

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