HT Correspondent, Gorakhpur, February 6
CRACKDOWN ON troublemakers continued today as police and administrative officers reopened files and records pertaining to incidents of communal violence that have taken place in the division over the last 10 years. On Tuesday, national organising secretary of the World Hindu Federation (WHF) Rakesh Singh Pahelwan and State president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) Sunil Singh were sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
Besides, around 2,305 miscreants were booked in different cases under seven districts of the Gorakhpur and Basti divisions over the last 10 days.
Sources said the administration was contemplating to impose the National Security Act (NSA) on troublemakers against whom cases were registered for damaging the religious places.
Pahelwan and Singh were sent to judicial custody in connection to a case of loot and arson in 2003 at the Gorakhpur Railway Station, along with Raja Ram Sonker. Police served a notice under case number 1206A/2003 under section 147, 395 and 427 and one of the accused has been arrested in the case.
Pahelwan and Singh have not initiated the bail proceedings yet.
After the arrest of BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, police administration cracked down on his supporters. Sources said police considering booking some more members of the Hindu outfits for substantial offenses.
A police team conducted raid on Pahelwan’s residence on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in search of evidence. The police action caused a flutter among supporters of Yogi Adityanath and most of them have been underground for the last four days.
In Gorakhpur, 600 persons were arrested under preventive measures while in Deoria 341 people were arrested in last 10 days. Sources said in Deoria, the 150 people booked for substantial offences included former BJP MLA Janam Jay Singh. In Kushinagar police arrested 191 people and serious cases had been lodged against 29 troublemakers.
In Maharajganj, 348 persons, 433in Basti, 190 in Sank Kabir Nagar district of Basti division and 202 in Siddharth Nagar have been arrested as the crackdown continues.