The FIR against the Samajwadi Party was registered in accordance with the Electoral Commission directives on Covid-related regulations and the Model Code of Conduct.
Uttar Pradesh Police registered a case after a massive crowd, in violation of Covid regulations, gathered at the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow on Friday for the joint function of two rebel ministers and some MLAs. The FIR against the Samajwadi Party was registered in accordance with the Electoral Commission directives on Covid-related regulations and the Model Code of Conduct.
The former ministers, Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini, as well as five bjp MLA and one from Apna Dal (Sonelal) joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the presence of its president Akhilesh Yadav.
The FIR registered at the Gautam Palli Police Station against nearly 2,500 unknown Samajwadi Party activists for violating Covid regulations at the party office, Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur said.
Following the complaint by Gautam Palli Police Station Sub-Inspector Ajay Kumar Singh, the case was registered under sections 188 (violation of instructions), 269 (spread of disease infection), 270 (terminate the lives of others by spreading infection) of the Indian Penal Code. ) and 341 (unlawful restraint of a person).
The FIR also has positions mentioned in the Disaster Management Law and the Epidemic Diseases Law. The deputy inspector has alleged in his complaint that between 2,000 and 2,500 SP workers blocked the road by randomly parking vehicles around the party headquarters and illegally organized the meeting, Thakur said.
The complaint also states that through loudspeakers the SP workers were asked to clear the crowd and remove the vehicles, but to no avail. Singh has alleged a violation of the electoral code of conduct and Covid regulations. The videos showed hundreds of party workers gathered at the SP office, most of them without masks.
“Prima facie, there was a violation of the COVID-19 regulations and investigations are ongoing. A team of officials from the district administration and the police had gone there,” said a senior Lucknow district administration official.
When asked about the action being taken in the matter, Lucknow District Judge Abhishek Prakash told PTI: “Action is being taken according to law.”
The Election Commission has banned public rallies, roadshows and corner gatherings through Jan. 15 in the five election-bound states, citing the new surge in Covid-19 cases, and issued strict safety guidelines.
The Commission listed 16-point guidelines for campaigning, as it banned ‘nukkad sabhas’ (corner gatherings) on public roads and roundabouts, limited the number of people allowed for door-to-door campaigning to five, including the candidate, and banned victory processions after the vote count. Capital Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh have also witnessed a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.
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