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Yogi govt penalises rioters, does not compensate them

Answering Samajwadi Party MLA Rakesh Pratap Singh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the government had no provision of paying rioters' families

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that there is no provision to give compensation to the people killed during riots and protests and no money will be paid to their families. The chief minister was answering the questions of the opposition in the assembly.

Yogi said that 21 people had been killed and 400 policemen had been injured in stone-pelting in riots and protests in the last six months.

The chief minister was answering questions of Samajwadi Party MLA Rakesh Pratap Singh in the assembly. Rakesh Pratap Singh had asked questions regarding the number of deaths during riots, protests and dharna (sit-in) in the last six months.

Replying to the question, Yogi said, “Twenty-one people have died during riots, demonstrations and dharna in the last six months”.

In a written reply, the chief minister said that 400 policemen had been injured when anti-CAA protesters attacked them with stones while 61 policemen had been injured in the attacks with firearms.

In Uttar Pradesh in December last year, there was large-scale violence during the protest against CAA. As many as 20 people died during this period, although it was not mentioned in the question of the SP MLA and in the reply of the chief minister.

Samajwadi Party member Rakesh Pratap Singh asked the government whether the government would give any compensation to the family members killed in the violence. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath answered in the negative. “There is no such provision,” he said.

The opposition has accused Yogi Adityanath government of using force to suppress the protests against CAA. The opposition says that the government failed to deal properly with the riots.

Yogi penalises rioters, does not compensate them

In fact, far from compensating the families of rioters, the Information and Public Relations Department, Uttar Pradesh, had issued a press release sharing the number of miscreants who had been identified and asked to pay up damages. A total of 498 persons had been identified. The state government had sent this report to the union government.

A maximum of 148 rioters hailed from Meerut, 82 had been identified in Lucknow, 26 from Sambhal, 79 in Rampur, 13 from Ferozabad, 50 from Kanpur Nagar, 73 from Muzaffarnagar, eight from Mau and 19 from Bulandshahr.

After the riots following the Friday namāz in December 2019, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that the miscreants would be identified and their properties seized if they could not pay the damages.

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