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'Rioters Shocked into Silence': After Police Crackdown & Property Seizure, Yogi Adityanath's Stern Message

In a series of tweets put out by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on Friday night, the government promised strict action against all those who were a part of 'violent' protests.

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Updated:December 28, 2019, 1:47 PM IST
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'Rioters Shocked into Silence': After Police Crackdown & Property Seizure, Yogi Adityanath's Stern Message
File photo of Yogi Adityanath. (PTI)

New Delhi: Responding to criticism on police crackdown during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in Uttar Pradesh, state chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the action taken by authorities "shocked" every demonstrator into silence.

In a series of tweets put out by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on Friday night, the government promised strict action against all those who were a part of 'violent' protests.

"Every rioter is shocked. Every demonstrator is shocked. Everyone has been silenced after seeing Yogi Adityanath government's stern intentions. The chief minister has announced that anyone damaging public property will have to pay. Every violent protester will cry now because there is a Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh," the CMO said in one of the tweets.

As many as 22 people have died from gunshot wounds during protests, while 260 policemen have been injured. Director General of Police OP Singh has maintained that police did not open fire and suggested the deaths were due to cross firing between protesters.

In another tweet, the CMO said, "After seeing the all-powerful form of Yogi Adityanath's government, every rioter must be thinking that he has made a big mistake by challenging Yogi's authority." The CMO said the action taken by his government against the 'rioters' has set an example for the entire country.

In the entire state 1,113 people have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in violence. A Home Department spokesperson said 327 FIRs have been registered and 5,558 preventive arrests made so far. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police chief over complaints of rights violation in the state.

Meanwhile, the process to confiscate the property of those involved in damaging public assets during the protests gained momentum as 372 people were served notices in different districts till Thursday.

Internet services were suspended in many places on Friday and drones were also used to keep a vigil, particularly in areas where violence had broken out last week.

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