UP Congress Member Sent Rs 1.04 Crore Notice to Cover Cost of Security During Protest
A district administration in Uttar Pradesh has issued a show-cause notice against poet, politician and former Congress parliament candidate Imran Pratapgarhi for the recovery of Rs 1.04 crore for deploying security during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The Moradabad administration claimed that Pratapgarhi, who was Congress’s unsuccessful candidate for the Lok Sabha, had instigated the women-led protests which have been taking place in Moradabad since January 2019. The administration filed a police complaint against 20 people and 600 unidentified protestors, including 200 women, for shouting “objectionable slogans”.…
Pratapgarhi claimed that the show-cause notice was issued to gag protestors. “The UP government doesn’t want people to speak against officials. I had not visited Moradabad for a very long time before February 7. There was no law and order problem. This is clear targeting, and police want to shirk responsibility,” he said. Asserting that he would move court against the notice, Pratagarphi told Express that he did not use any words in which his speech that would disturb law and order.…
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