UP polls: Minister booked for violating model code, COVID-19 protocol

Muzaffarnagar Police arrested Uttar Pradesh minister Kapil Dev Agarwal for allegedly violating the model code of conduct for polls and COVID-19 protocol.

On the basis of a viral video, a FIR has been filed at the Nagar Kotwali police station in Muzaffarnagar.

In the clip, the minister and around 35-40 of his supporters, including BJP‘s district unit general secretary Radhey Verma and district vice president Ajay Sagar, are seen holding a meeting.

Investigations revealed that the poll meeting was held on January 11 night.

Anand Mishra, station house officer (SHO) of the Nagar Kotwali police station, said the FIR has been registered against Agarwal, six named people and some 35 to 40 unidentified people.

They have been booked under IPC sections 171H (illegal payments in connection with an election), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant), 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease), 270 (whoever malignantly does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason the believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

Earlier, another video had gone viral in which hundreds of people were seen at a feast purportedly organised by Intezar Ahmed, district unit president of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on January 11 afternoon.

He along with 12 party workers and 12 unknown people were charged with violating the code of conduct and COVID protocols.

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