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Statewide alert announced

THE STATE Government has issued a Statewide alert asking officials to deal strictly with those who may try to disturb peace any where in Uttar Pradesh. Principal Secretary Home Alok Sinha said the district magistrates, district police chiefs, divisional commissioners, range DIGs and the zonal IGs have been asked to ensure that strict measures were initiated to check publication of any objectionable material or any act of instigating public sentiments.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 01:38 IST

THE STATE Government has issued a Statewide alert asking officials to deal strictly with those who may try to disturb peace any where in Uttar Pradesh.

Principal Secretary Home Alok Sinha said the district magistrates, district police chiefs, divisional commissioners, range DIGs and the zonal IGs have been asked to ensure that strict measures were initiated to check publication of any
objectionable material or any act of instigating public sentiments.

The State Government was committed to maintaining peace and communal harmony, he said adding directives have also been issued to maintain a strict vigil in sensitive areas.

Sinha said officers have also been asked to deploy adequate security at public places, railway stations, bus stops etc and preventive action be taken against anti-social elements. All the intelligence units have also been placed on alert, he said.

BJP-VHP call for bandh today

THE STATE BJP has given a ‘Lucknow Bandh’ call on Saturday in protest the ‘Government-sponsored’ communal clashes in parts of the State Capital today.

It has also demanded adequate compensation for the families of the deceased and the injured and accused the police and the district administration of providing shelter to rioters because they belonged to a particular community.

Talking to the ‘Hindustan Times’ after visiting violence-hit areas of Maulviganj, Aminabad, Kiserbagh and other places, State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi said the police role was biased and a free hand was given to rioters, while people belonging to poor Hindu families were mercilessly beaten.

Dubbing the riots a conspiracy of the Mulayam Government, Tripathi said why did the district administration gave permission for the demonstration and procession that too on a day when the President was in the city.

Moreover, a huge demonstration had already been held on February 19 and there was no justification of today’s procession, which forced traders to down shutters. Complete absence of police in trouble-torn areas was yet another indicator that the Mulayam Government was behind the trouble, as it wanted the two communities to indulge in violence so that the Chief Minister could cash in on the situation politically.

Tripathi alleged that rioters were fully prepared and equipped with firearms and trouble sparked when they opened unprovoked fire on shopkeepers.

He demanded adequate compensation for traders whose shops were set on fire by the rioters.

Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal have called for Lucknow Bandh on Saturday to protest against violent incidents in Aminabad on Friday.