FIR against 2500 workers of Samajwadi Party for violation of Covid guidelines

Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur said that an FIR has been registered at Gautampalli police station in connection with the violation of Covid in the SP office.

Lucknow: Election Commission in connection with the violation of norms of Covid-19 by a large crowd gathered in the program to join the Samajwadi Party on Friday of several MLAs, including Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned from the post of Labour and Employment Minister of the Uttar Pradesh government. On the directions of the FIR, an FIR has been registered against 2500 unknown SP workers under the relevant sections. Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur said that an FIR has been registered at Gautampalli police station in connection with the violation of Covid in the SP office.


'Illegal gathering in SP office'

Sections 188 (violation of instructions), 269 (spreading infection of disease) 270 (endangering the life of others by spreading infection) and 341 of the Indian Penal Code against 2500 SP workers on the complaint of Ajay Kumar Singh, sub-inspector of Gautam Palli police station. The police have registered an FIR under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Act. The sub-inspector alleged in a rally on Friday, twenty five thousand SP workers blocked the road by parking haphazardly vehicles on Vikramaditya Marg around the SP headquarters and illegally organised a gathering (crowd mobilisation) in the SP office.


'No effect on SP workers'

It has also been said in rallyr that the activists were persuaded to clear the crowd with loudspeakers and to remove the vehicles from the people but it did not affect them. He has alleged violation of the election code of conduct and the rules of Covid. Administrative sources said hundreds of workers, mostly without wearing masks, were seen at the Samajwadi Party office. “A team of district administration and police officials had gone there, prima facie there was a violation of COVID-19 norms and it was investigated and after that the police registered a case,” a senior administrative official said.


'Action is being taken under the law'

When asked about the action taken in the matter, Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said, "Action is being taken under the law." The Election Commission has banned public rallies, road shows and gatherings in five election states till January 15, citing a continuous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The commission, listing 16-point guidelines for campaigning, banned public rallies and gatherings and limited the number of campaigners' teams to five, including candidates, for door-to-door campaigning. On Friday, apart from Maurya, other leaders also took membership of the SP.