Twitter user puts UP Police in fix on Yogi Adityanath’s criminal past

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Uttar Pradesh Police has revolutionised the use of social media in providing relief to hapless citizens in the state. Its ability to respond to people in distress through the microblogging site Twitter has been quite impressive.

This was after the state police fostered a partnership with Twitter during the government led by Akhilesh Yadav in 2016. The collaboration saw the creation of official Twitter accounts of UP Police even at the district level.

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Quite rightly, the state police compiled its achievement in a video and posted it on Twitter to drive home a message that justice could be delivered even without visiting police stations.

Its tweet read, “No paperwork, no visit to police stations, Just one tweet landed an individual in jail.”

This elicited plenty of responses including from one Abhay Gupta, who wrote, “There is a guy who is using his power to withdraw a 22 year old case against him and many of his fellows. Can you help with this?”

UP Police wasted no time in responding to Gupta asking for the details about the individual he was concerned about. It said, “Please tell a brief description of your problem.”

Gupta replied that he was talking about none other than the state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, who had recently dropped criminal cases, filed against him 22 years ago.

Sharing the link to a news story, Gupta wrote, “Here are the details of it. This person @myogiadityanath got some power few months back to help citizens of UP. But instead he used it to withdraw cases against him. @Memeghnad @kunalkamra88 see UP POLICE will solve this case and protect law system.”

The Uttar Pradesh government in December had ordered the withdrawal of at least eight cases against the present Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. This included the 20,000 other ‘political cases’ that the Yogi government has started the process to withdraw.

Yogi faces many cases, including breach of prohibitory orders in 1995. In this matter even a non-bailable warrant was issued against him when he was Gorakhpur MP.

In May this year, soon after Adityanath became the chief minister, his government had bluntly told the Allahabad High Court that he could not be tried for making a hate speech during the communal riots in Gorakhpur in 2007.

The riots in Gorakhpur in January 2007 were sparked allegedly after a provocative speech by Adityanath, the then local MP, over the killing of a Hindu youth in clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups during a Moharram procession. The BJP MP was arrested and remained in jail for 10 days before getting bail from a court. An affidavit stating that sanction has been “refused” for prosecuting Yogi Adityanath in the case was filed before the high court by Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.

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