UP vi­o­lence

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

Deputy chief min­is­ter, Ke­shav Prasad Maurya, said that dis­ci­plinary ac­tion could be taken against the 59-year-old Singh, a for­mer army man turned bu­reau­crat. “He ap­peared to be mak­ing a state­ment like a party spokesman de­spite the fact is that govern­ment ser­vants are bound by rules,” Maurya said on Tuesday.

Singh, who was trolled on so­cial me­dia, later put up an ex­pla­na­tion that his Face­book post was not re­lated to Kas­ganj and that he was re­fer­ring to the law and or­der prob­lem he had en­coun­tered dur­ing last year’s Kan­war Ya­tra in Bareilly. “I had hoped there would be an aca­demic dis­cus­sion [on his post] but un­for­tu­nately this has taken a dif­fer­ent turn. It ap­pears the post (deleted now) has been found ob­jec­tion­able by many. That’s sad for we dis­cuss things to im­prove... It’s true that Pak­istan is an en­emy coun­try but Mus­lims are our own,” his sec­ond post said.

Mean­while, VHP vice pres­i­dent (Braj prant) Su­nil Parashar said the ya­tra will be taken out in the Braj re­gion, which is spread over 20 dis­tricts in the Agra, Aligarh and Bareilly di­vi­sions.

Parashar said tak­ing out a ti­ranga ya­tra was not a crime. “There is no need to seek per­mis­sion as such pa­tri­otic ya­tras need no sanc­tion from the po­lice or ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

Agra’s su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Kun­war Anu­pam Singh, how­ever, main­tained that the po­lice had no in­for­ma­tion about any ya­tra and said that seek­ing per­mis­sion was manda­tory.

Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) Om Prakash Singh had on Mon­day di­rected su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice (SPs) of all 75 dis­tricts of the state to re­main alert and to re­strict the move­ment of peo­ple whose visit might add to com­mu­nal ten­sion in the re­gion.

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