Nine more people have been arrested as of Sunday night in a simultaneous raid to arrest those accused of violence and arson during statewide protests last Friday. A total of 325 people have been arrested in the last two days.
Additional Director General of Law and Order (ADG) Prashant Kumar said 92 people from Prayagraj, 80 from Saharanpur, 51 from Hathras, 41 from Ambedkar Nagar and 35 from Moradabad were involved in the violence.
Sixteen people were arrested in Firozabad, six in Aligarh and four in Jalaun, a senior UP police official said.
The arrests came amid wreckage campaigns against those involved in violence following Friday’s prayer across the state. In Prayagraj, the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) team has demolished 56-year-old Javed Mohammed’s ‘illegally built’ two-storey house in the city’s JK Asiana area with police.
This comes a day after the suspected BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Delhi BJP’s ousted media chief Naveen Jindal demolished the houses of the accused in Kanpur and Saharanpur during protests against controversial statements.
The Uttar Pradesh government has clearly directed the authorities to ensure strict punishment for the guilty. “Such people have no place in civilized society. At a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath officials, he warned, “Be careful not to offend any innocents, but avoid any guilty.”
However, the Uttar Pradesh government’s vandalism campaign has come under heavy criticism from opposition parties. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav bitterly criticized the tyranny, saying that a vandalism was carried out without proper investigation.
“The situation in the country has deteriorated, the people around the world have reacted sharply. Yadav said that our culture, religion, legislation or our constitution does not allow this.