Curfew has been imposed in Lakhimpur city following clashes over an objectionable video which was allegedly circulated by two students. The curfew was imposed last night. Tension had gripped the city after the video which allegedly hurt religious sentiments went viral on social media. The city police arrested the two students who had allegedly circulated the video.
However, protests began last evening and the markets were also closed. There were reports of clashes and firing following which the distict magistrate announced the imposition of curfew till further orders.
“To maintain peace and law and order, curfew restrictions in the city area have been imposed and people have been asked to stay home,” District Magistrate (Kheri) Akashdeep told reporters today.
Stressing that the situation was under control, he asked people to avoid spreading rumours.
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The district magistrate and Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha visited the city and asked people to keep calm. Akashdeep said a person has been reported to have been injured in a clash, however, he is reported to be out of danger.
Meanwhile, heavy police force have been deployed in the city. The IG and the DIG arrived at Kheri late last night and reviewed the situation.
Today’s violence acquires added significance as Uttar Pradesh is in the midst of assembly elections in which extremely vitiated atmosphere has been created with all political parties appealing to voters on narrow, parochial basis. From the ruling Samajwadi Party, Congress, Bahujan Samajwadi Party to the Bharatiya Janata Party, all are vying with each other to emerge on top. The campaigns of these parties have involved getting quite personal with the top leaders bad-mouthing each other in an effort to grab a lead in public perception.