Days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared that the government would recover losses incurred in the violent protests against Citizenship Act by seizing the properties of those involved in the vandalism, the government has started identifying the vandals. The administration has also set up a 4-member panel to assess the damage to public properties to recover the losses.
As per sources, the additional district magistrate (east) has been made the in-charge of assessing the damage to various property in eastern part of the city, informed the Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash.
Similarly, the additional district magistrate (west) and additional district magistrate (trans-Gomti) have been assigned the task of evaluating the loss in their areas. Additional district magistrate (administration) has been given the task for the rural areas, the Lucknow DM said.
Following the violent protests that broke out in Lucknow's Parivartan Chowk on Thursday, Yogi Adityanath said the losses incurred by the government will be recovered from those who were behind the vandalism.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested 48 people and sealed 67 shops in connection with violent protests last week during which several persons, including over a dozen policemen, were injured and vehicles gutted.
The Rampur district administration is also taking steps to attach assets of 25 people, identified as ones vandalising public properties during violent protests against changes in the citizenship law, officials said on Sunday.
A 22-year-old man had died of bullet injury received during the violence in Rampur on Saturday in which several locals and policemen were injured. Six vehicles, including a police motorcycle, were torched, they said.
"We have got CCTV footage and so far identified 25 people involved in the violence. FIRs are being registered and the process to attach their properties and further actions as needed has begun," said Rampur District Magistrate Aunjaneya Singh.
He said around a dozen protestors were detained after stone-pelting and arson during a bandh call in the city, but some of them were released after inquiry.
The Gorakhpur police had on Saturday released photographs of around 50 people allegedly involved in protests against the amended citizenship law after the Friday prayers. The police said the troublemakers have been identified from the video footage.
"Around 50 people involved in the violence have been identified through video footage and their pictures will be put up all crossroads and major spots," Kotwali Circle Officer V P Singh had said.
The move comes days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that properties of all those involved in violence would be confiscated to offset the damage.
Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act had broken out in several districts of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday leaving at least 17 people dead and moveable and immoveable assets damaged, mostly in arson.
Along with Uttar Pradesh, several parts of the country have been witnessing protests against the amended Citizenship Act and the proposed implementation of a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act provides for grant of citizenship to persecuted minority Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jain, Buddhists and Parsis of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have taken refuge in India before December 31, 2014.
Critics say that by leaving Muslims out of the ambit of the law, it violates the Fundamental Right to Equality under Article 14 of the Constitution and is against the secular ethos of the country.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister had said that wrong-doers would be identified with the help of CCTV footage, video clips and photographs. The action is based on a Supreme Court order that rioters would be strictly made liable for the damage, and compensation would be collected to make good the damage.
Adityanath had said that the property of those involved in violence would be seized and auctioned to compensate for the destruction of public assets during the protests over the amended citizenship law.
"There is no place for violence in a democracy... those damaging properties have been captured in video and CCTV footage," he had said while appealing to people to maintain peace.