LUCKNOW—The Uttar Pradesh government has registered an ‘open’ FIR under 20 different sections at the Chandapa police station in Hathras against unnamed persons for ‘conspiring to create caste tensions and destabilise the Yogi Adityanath government”.
While Police officials refused to share details about the persons or organisations named in the FIR but sources said that anybody could be booked under this FIR as is being done in the FIR No. 0059/2020 registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell under which several activists, including professors and students from different universities in Delhi, were being questioned and have also been arrested on the basis of this FIR in connection with anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots. In this sense, it is a very dangerous FIR.
The various sections in the FIR include Sections 120 B, 153 A, 153 B, 195, 195A, 465,468, 469, 501, 505 (b, c, 2) and Section 67 of Information and Technology Act.
According to sources, those under the scanner include politicians, local people and even journalists whose telephonic conversations with the victim’s family indicates that they were provoking them to give statements against the government.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a statement, slammed the Opposition over their attack on his government over the Hathras case, saying they are “indulging in newer conspiracies” to trigger riots and hamper development.
Yogi Adityanath said, “They will derive political mileage from the riots, hence they are indulging in newer conspiracies. We have to be alert against all these conspiracies and accelerate the process of development.”
However, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh ridiculed the comments of Yogi Adityanath saying that it was that was well-known for its involvement in communal and it was strange that BJP and UP Chief Minister were now accusing the Opposition parties of trying to provoke communal riots in UP. He met the family of the Dalit women in Boolgarhi village along with AAP leaders from Punjab.
Yogi government and BJP at national level has faced flaks from opposition parties and social activists on the issue of alleged gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl of Boolgarhi village in Hathras district. Many political leaders and social activists have demanded resignation of Yogi Adityanath on the issue.
Meanwhile, activist of the ‘Savarn Samaj’ (or the upper caste) threw ink at Sanjay Singh when he was on his way to meet the family of the Hathras victim. A youth identified as Deepak Sharma belonging to ‘Savarn Samaj’ has been arrested.
Sharma was shouting slogans like “PFI ke dalalo wapas jao”(Brokers of PFI go back). The state government has said that outfits like PFI have been responsible for hatching a conspiracy to create caste tensions in the state.
Meanwhile, Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar and 400-500 of his supporters have been booked on the charges of violating Section 144 of the CrPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act at the Sasni police station in Hathras while going to meet the family of the alleged gangrape victim.
-With inputs from IANS