ON CAM: SP Leaders Tried To Fake Protest Against PM, Booked By UP; Akhilesh Suspends Them After Viral Video

| Updated: 29 December, 2021 2:24 pm IST
SP tries to disrupt PM's rally

KANPUR: Looks like the political battle is intensifying in Uttar Pradesh, as incidences of possible disruptions seem to be cropping up more frequently. The Kanpur Police claims to have foiled an attempt to disrupt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme on Tuesday. The Police have arrested the office bearers of Samajwadi Party (SP) in this connection and registered an FIR against them.

A senior Samajwadi Party leader and other party workers were identified by the police after they spotted trouble while sifting through video footage and an FIR was registered on the basis of the complaint made by Inspector Amit Kumar.

Car belonging to a local Samajwadi Party leader, Ankur Patel was found to be badly damaged by the hoodlums. It is said that Patel had decked up his car with BJP posters and then vandalised it to impress upon people that they were protesting PM’s visit. He even made a video and posted it on various social media platforms.

According to the police, Patel allegedly hatched a plot with other members of his party to create disturbance in the city. The police probe claims to have found the involvement of Sachin Kesarwani, secretary of Samajwadi Party Chhatra Sabha, and Nikesh Yadav. The men have been accused of creating a pre-planned nuisance at the Naubasta crossing. They also burnt an effigy of the PM. As the news spread, some BJP workers reached the spot and accosted these men, following which the SP workers left the spot, a police officer involved in the investigation said.

The New Indian has accessed the FIR lodged at Naubasta police station under sections various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav ordered suspension of all four leaders after their clips went viral.

Sharing the flow of events, Kanpur Police officials told The New Indian that a viral video was found to be circulating on the social media in which over a dozen persons wearing red caps were seen vandalising a car and pelting stones at buses passing by. This incident was recorded at the same time as when the PM was in the city to inaugurate the newly constructed Kanpur Metro line. “Police teams were immediately pressed into service to identify the people indulging in violence,” he said.


The police have named Sachin Kesarwani, Ankur Patel and Nikesh Yadav and others in the FIR and some arrests have been made. Samajwadi leaders named in the FIR will be brought to justice too, the official added.

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