Updated: January 16, 2022 3:39:15 am
The police in Uttar Pradesh have booked a former Samajwadi Party MLA and others for allegedly defacing the faces of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister on a hoarding in Bareilly district and writing derogatory remarks on it.
Ataur Rehman, a possible SP candidate from Baheri seat in Bareilly, and his fellow accused have been charged with “provoking riots”, among other sections of the IPC.
The SP said the case was false and that Rehman wasn’t even present at the spot as he had been in Lucknow since January 10.
Baheri Circle Officer Ajay Kumar said the authorities are investigating the case. The hoarding has been removed from the area, he said, adding that no one has been arrested.
According to the police, a local resident, Satish Rathor, complained to them that SP workers led by Rehman defaced and damaged the hoarding installed at Narayan Nagla crossing in Baheri on Friday. Rathor, according to the police, also said the SP members threatened the local residents when they tried to intervene.
Based on the complaint, the police have registered an FIR against Rehman, Narayan Nagla village Pradhan Nabi Ahmed, his son Nafees, as well as around 10 unidentified persons.
They have been booked under IPC sections including 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of the peace), said a police officer.
When contacted, Bareilly district’s SP chief Agam Maurya said the case was “falsely lodged” to damage the reputation of the party and its workers.
“Ataur Rehman has been in Lucknow since January 10 so there is no question of him being involved or provoking any person for such a thing. Rehman is also in line for the Assembly ticket from Baheri,” said Maurya.
Rehman won the 2002 and 2012 assembly election on SP ticket from Baheri seat.