Uttar Pradesh passes ordinance to recover damages to property during protests, strikes

The ordinance will aim at dealing with violent acts at public places, controlling its persistence and escalation and providing for recovery of damage to public or private property during hartal, bandhs, riots, public commotion, protests. It will ...

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The government had put up hoardings of all accused along with their pictures , names and addresses at a number of prominent areas in Lucknow in a bid to name and shame the accused.
Lucknow: An 'Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Property Ordinance, 2020' has been passed by the Uttar Pradesh governor on Sunday even as a recovery exercise to collect damages to public property during anti-CAA riots is underway in the state.

The ordinance will aim at dealing with violent acts at public places, controlling its persistence and escalation and providing for recovery of damage to public or private property during hartal, bandhs, riots, public commotion, protests. It will also seek to create "claims tribunals" to investigate the damages, according to an official document shared by the government.

The ordinance is yet another step taken by the state government that highlights its relentless stand against "rioters". After anti-CAA protests in Lucknow and other districts of the state turned violent in December, the government has been running a recovery exercise to collect damages to property. In Lucknow alone, 57 such accused have been sent notices to recover a total of Rs 1.5 crore.


In addition to this, some days back, in a first, the government also had put up hoardings of all these accused along with their pictures , names and addresses at a number of prominent areas in the state capital Lucknow in a bid to name and shame the accused. The act of putting up the banners however, was questioned by the Allahabad High Court that ordered the government to remove the banners. The move was challenged by the government in the Supreme Court. The apex court also refused to put a stay on the HC's order but the case will be referred to a larger bench which will include CJI SA Bobde, the coming week.
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