UP govt reiterates it will recover cost of damage done to public property during protests from rioters

Uttar Pradesh government has reiterated that it will recover the cost of the damage done to the public property and in maintaining law and order during violent protests from the rioters. Deputy Chief Minister of the state Dr Dinesh Sharma said this in a press conference in Lucknow yesterday. He said, the procedure for the same has already started and those who will not be able to pay the penalty, their properties will be attached.

Mr Sharma said, the Supreme Court, in its order, has stated that damage to public property should be recovered from the people involved in the riots. He said, the role of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in organising violent protests in various districts had also come to light. Mr Sharma said, there are evidences that workers of opposition parties were also involved in the violence and an MLA has also been arrested by police in Kanpur. In Sambhal, a sitting MP was instigating people for arson and stone pelting.

Meanwhile, the State BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh said, the party will launch month long statewide awareness drive on Citizenship Amendment Act from 26th of this month to 25 January 2020. He alleged that only for the sake of minority votes opposition party are instigating violence in state.