LUCKNOW – Amid the sharp criticism against the brutal crackdown on anti-CAA and NRC protests in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has justified the police action in which around 18 people have been killed.
In a series of tweets posted from the account of the UP Chief Minister, the CM’s office said the action taken has “shocked every rioter into silence”.
“Every rioter is shocked. Every demonstrator is stunned. Everyone has been silenced after seeing Yogi Adityanath government’s strict actions. Do whatever now, compensation will be taken from anyone who damages public property. Every violent protester will cry now because there is a Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh,” the CMO tweeted late Friday night.
“Every rioter is thinking they made a big mistake by challenging Yogi ji’s government after seeing strict actions taken by it against rioters,” Adityanth’s office said in a series of tweets in Hindi. Both tweets had a hashtag ‘TheGreat_CMYogi’.
दंगाईयों के खिलाफ CM श्री @myogiadityanath जी की सरकार के रौद्र रूप को देख हर उन्मादी यही सोच रहा है कि उन्होंने योगी जी की सत्ता को चुनौती देकर बहुत बड़ी गलती कर दी है।
दंगाइयों के खिलाफ सरकार जिस तरह की कार्रवाई कर रही है वो पूरे देश में एक मिसाल बन चुकी है। #TheGreat_CmYogi
— Yogi Adityanath Office (@myogioffice) December 27, 2019
The tweets came after the Uttar Pradesh police have been accused of firing at the protesters in their head, chest and stomach during the CAA protests a week ago. The police has also been accused of torturing minors, vandalizing the houses of the Muslim residents and beating them. Tens of thousands have arrested, detained and booked acroos the state.
The Uttar Pradesh government has also notified as many as 498 people for causing damage to public property during protests. The government said it will seize their property for causing damage to public property.
Minister Yogi Adityanath had said properties of those involved in the violence would be seized and auctioned to compensate destruction of public and private assets during the protests over the controversial citizenship law.
Rights activists have, meanwhile, alleged that there was a “reign of terror” prevailing in Uttar Pradesh to crack down on protests against the CAA and the NRC, and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored SIT probe to ascertain the truth about police action and killings in the state.