A few days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised to recover damages from those involved in violence during protests against the new citizenship law, more than 67 shops in Muzaffarnagar were sealed as the state government stirred The exercise to identify the protesters involved was started.
The shops reportedly belong to those who were involved in violent protests and a government spokesperson said the shops would be confiscated if their involvement was confirmed during the investigation.
Action taken by the state administration, Adityanath said: “Violence has taken place and public and private property has been destroyed in many districts in the state. We will deal with this strictly. All properties involved in damage to public property will be confiscated and auctioned to compensate for the loss. ”
He said that most of the culprits are being identified through CCTV footage and video recordings of the incidents.
It is not yet known how the owners of the shops in Muzaffarnagar were identified by the administration as criminals. Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abhishek Yadav said, “The crowd had gathered outside these shops and we are still investigating who is responsible for the violence.”
Violence took place in 12 other districts of the state on Friday in Muzaffarnagar. About 10 bikes and several cars were set on fire and vandalized along with public property. Thirty people were injured, 12 of whom were police officers.
Prohibitory orders are still in place in some parts of the state and internet services have been stopped. So far, 879 people have been arrested and police have registered 131 cases.
In Lucknow and Sambhal, the process of sealing the property is yet to begin, although the District Magistrate has constituted a four-member committee to complete the process within 30 days.