Even as widespread protests and agitations continue in Uttar Pradesh and rest of the country against the amended Citizenship Act, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday issued a stern warning against those involved in violence. He said the government would “auction” their property to compensate for the losses.
"There is no place for violence in a democracy,” the chief minister said, while accusing the opposition parties of pushing the entire country to fire.
"There was violence in Lucknow and Sambhal and we will deal with it strictly. All properties of those involved in damaging public assets will be seized and auctioned to compensate for the losses," he said.
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Earlier, protesters went berserk in parts of Lucknow, hurling stones and damaging police outposts and a number of vehicles mainly in the Old City areas, forcing police to use tear-gas shells to control the situation.
The protesters torched a state-run bus at Parivartan Chowk, close to the district magistrate's office, and set on fire a police post in Satkhanda area.
“They (those involved in violence) have been captured in video and CCTV footage. We will take badla (revenge) on them," Adityanath said.
The chief minister said the CAA is not against any religion or section of society.