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Woman forced to remove burqa at UP CM's rally

Last updated on: November 22, 2017 14:13 IST

The city magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry and action will be taken against those found guilty. 

The district administration in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident of a woman being forced to take off her burqa in public at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rally, officials said on Wednesday.

A video showing the woman taking off her black burqa minutes before the chief minister makes an appearance at the rally on Tuesday has gone viral.

 

“The city magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry into it and action will be taken against those found guilty,” District Magistrate Surendra Vikram said.

The chief minister was in Ballia to address an election meeting ahead of the local body elections.

The woman, who identified herself as Saira, later said the women constables on duty asked her to remove the black burqa which she did.

She said she was a Bharatiya Janata Party worker and had come to the rally from her village wearing the burqa.

The police has also ordered an inquiry.

Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar said the video footage has been received and a departmental inquiry ordered in this connection.

“The Deputy SP (City) has been asked to conduct an inquiry in this connection,” the SP said.

“We had instructions that there should be no black flags shown at the rally. I will get this looked into,” he said.

Three days ago, black flags were shown to the chief minister in Meerut, where he had gone to address an election rally. 

In the scuffle that followed, BJP supporters thrashed a man.

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