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On video, Meerut Police warns Anti-CAA Protesters to ‘go to Pakistan’

“I told them if you raise Pakistan zindabad slogans and hate India so much that you throw stones then go to Pakistan”, Singh said 

 

MEERUT| The CAA and NPR protest across the nation is steaming up daily. Amid the protests, the UP state has witnessed more brutality. While protestors protesting, police sharply seen echoing to the protestors saying ‘go to Pakistan’ in UP. The incident is reported to be of December 20 when four persons died during the protests there.

The SP of the city Akhilesh Singh is captured in the camera saying, “Kahan jaoge? Is gali ko theek kar doonga (Where will you go? I will sort out this lane)”.

“Ye jo kaali aur peeli patti baande huye hain, inse keh do Pakistan chale jao…khaoge yahan ka, gaoge kahin aur ka… Yeh gali mujhe yaad ho gayi hai. Aur jab mujhe yaad ho jaata hai toh mein naani tak pahunch jaata hun (The ones tying black and yellow bands, tell them to go to Pakistan. You eat here but sing praises of another place. This lane is now familiar to me. And once I remember, I can even reach your grandmother).”

Police were chasing 3-4 boys who was sloganeering ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and running inside the narrow lane. Police while giving brief on the incidents said. Singh is seen accompanied by other security personnel and he further warns the locals telling them that they would pay the price if anything happens. “Every man from each house will be arrested,” the official can be heard saying.

Singh said some boys had started raising pro-Pakistan slogans on seeing the police. “I told them if you raise Pakistan zindabad slogans and hate India so much that you throw stones then go to Pakistan. We are trying to identify them,” the police officer said.

However, Additional Director General of Police Prashant Kumar said the police showed ‘ a lot of restraint in the situation’ and there was no firing. “The choice of words could have been better in a normal situation. But that day the situation was extremely volatile”. He said stones were being thrown at the police and ‘pro-Pakistan and anti-India’ slogans were being raised.

“PFI pamphlets were being distributed. This was despite all appeals, including by religious leaders,” he added.

Also Read: In UP, man arrested for storing Jamia violence related videos in mobile

Reacting to the incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi accused the BJP of making the ‘institutions communal’.

“The Constitution of India does not allow the use of this language with any citizen, and when you are an officer in important position, then the responsibility increases,” she said in the tweet.

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