Reacting to Meerut Superintendent of Police’s viral 'go to Pakistan' clip, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the remark is condemnable and calls for an immediate action. "If it is true that he made that statement in the video, then it is condemnable. Immediate action must be taken against him,” news agency ANI quoted Naqvi quoted as saying. Violence at any level, be it by police or by mob, is unacceptable. “It can't be a part of a democratic country. Police should take care that those who are innocent should not suffer,” he added.
Controversy is rife after a top police officer in Meerut allegedly told a group of people to tell protestors to go to Pakistan during violence in the city last week over the amended citizenship act in which five people were killed.
The incident purportedly took place on December 20 in Lisari Gate Police Station area and it was captured on video which was circulated widely.
In the 1.43-minute-long video, Meerut Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Narayan Singh can be seen talking to three men in a narrow lane along with other police personnel.
“Yeh jo kaali aur peeli patti bandhe huye hain inko keh do Pakistan chale jao... Khaoge yahan ka, gaoge kahin aur ka (Tell the protestors who have tied black and yellow bands to go to Pakistan, You will eat here but praise someplace else),” he purportedly said.
“Yeh gali mujhe yaad ho gayi hai, yaad rakhna. Aur jab mujhe yaad ho jaata hai toh mein naani tak pahunchta hun (I now remember this lane and I can reach your grandmother),” he said.
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Singh claimed that he had made the statement to a group of people who were raising slogans in the support of Pakistan.
“I advised them to go to the place in support of which they were raising slogans,” he said.
ADG Meerut Zone Prashant Kumar said the incident occurred on December 20 following protests in the city. Some people there were raising slogans in support of Pakistan and were distributing objectionable pamphlets in support of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the social Democratic Party of India (SBPI), he said.
After receiving information about it, SP City and DM City went to the spot and told the people that they can leave if they want to, Kumar said.
He termed the video was part of a conspiracy as it was being circulated a week after the incident, when the situation was peaceful in the area.