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UP: Mission ON to Book & Penalise Perpetrators who Vandalised Public Properties during CAA Protest

"Those who were involved in destruction of public property on December 21 have been identified through CCTV footage and their names have been sent to the police. Assessment of damage has been done and notices have been issued to 28 people who have been identified. Further action will be taken," said Arunjaneya Kumar Singh, DM, Kanpur.

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Uttar Pradesh government strict on public damage, CAA protesters identified, damage to be recovered from protesters of CAA in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Police/image tweeted by UP Police

The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, has taken cognisance of the violence and damage to the public properties caused during the protest by people against the newly formed Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019. CM Adityanath has directed the state administration to identify the perpetrators who torched and damaged the public properties while protesting violently against the newly enacted law.

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“Misleading people on Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and provoking them for violence is a serious offence. Perpetrators have been identified and the damage they have caused to the public properties will be recovered by auctioning their properties,” tweeted CM Yogi Adityanath from his official Twitter handle, attaching a video of the same.

The UP administration has started acting on the direction of the chief minister and have slapped numbers of perpetrators with notices to reveal their position on the violence or pay for the losses. Superintendent of Police (SP) of UP’s Sambhal district, Yamuna Prasad, has informed that posters of around 500 such perpetrators have been released, while 55 have been identified for their involvement in the violence in the name of CAA protest. These people will be sent notices and will be notified for seizing their properties if they fail to pay for the damage caused by them.

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Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Kamlesh Awasthi, of Sambhal district has informed that 26 people have been sent notices in connection with the violence and damage to the public properties. Similarly, Rampur and Kanpur administration have sent such notices to around 28 perpetrators. Speaking on the move, Kanpur District Magistrate (DM) has said that culprits of vandalism on December 21 have been identified using CCTV footage and 28 people have been served notices.

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“Those who were involved in destruction of public property on December 21 have been identified through CCTV footage and their names have been sent to the police. Assessment of damage has been done and notices have been issued to 28 people who have been identified. Further action will be taken,” said Arunjaneya Kumar Singh, DM, Kanpur, quoted India Today report.

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Huge violent protests had taken place and is still taking place across the country to agitate against the CAA enactment. Several states have reported torching and vandalism of public properties during the protest. However, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to recover the losses to the public properties by acting inline with Supreme Court order. The apex court had ordered the state government to recover the losses caused to the public properties by any protesters. The UP state administration is in the process of damage valuation and subsequently will recover the losses from those identified.

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