A FIR has been lodged against Union Minister Anupriya Patel in Lucknow following her first visit to Uttar Pradesh (UP) after she became a minister.
A FIR has been lodged against Union Minister Anupriya Patel in Lucknow following her first visit to Uttar Pradesh (UP) after she became a minister. The 35-year old MP from Mirzapur is a minister of state for health and family welfare. A cavalcade of at least 200 four-wheelers followed her visit to Hazratganz where Patel visited the Ambedkar Mahasabha. Her visit resulted in chaos as daily commuters had a tough time travelling through the GPO crossing. The 400-metre long stretch saw haphazardly parked vehicles and supporters of the minister crowding the roads, leaving no space to move towards Burlington Crossing.
A FIR was lodged on Sunday at the Hazratganj Police station against Patel and supporters. Inspector Vijaymal Yadav, Officer-in-charge of the Hazratganj Police station said that the common people had to face inexcusable inconvenience as a result of Patel’s visit. According to reports, no prior permissions was taken by Patel. Yadav said Section 144 under the CrPC is enforced around Vidhan Bhawan Marg to prevent protesters from gathering around the Vidhan Bhawan building. Yadav said that the support rally was organised without any prior information.
Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kumar Gupta was the complainant who lodged the FIR. Gupta was posted as the in-charge of the local police outpost, Darulshafa. Shivram Yadav, Additional Superintendent of Lucknow (east) said that Indian Penal Code (IPC) 142, 188 and 341 have been pressed and Patel and her supporters have been booked. The charges amount to unlawful assembly, disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant and wrongful restraint of people.