October 26, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Agra: Residents of Kachhpura village near the Taj Mahal have alleged that they were locked inside their homes on Thursday morning by the district administration ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit. The villagers reportedly said that they were locked by the police citing security reasons.
The 100-metre stretch of the village, which forms a part of the Mughal heritage walk that passes through the city, was chock-full of policemen and officials. Adityanath was supposed to cross this stretch on foot before launching a development project. From there, he proceeded to the monument.
Doors in the narrow lanes were bolted and locked from outside and the villagers, be it children or the elderly, could only peer through the windows at the commotion outside, notes a report by News18.
A resident spoke to ETV from behind the grills of his window and expressed his resentment at the administration’s “strange” action.
“We wanted to see CM Yogi Adityanath, but in the morning, police came and locked us all inside. This is strange. The entire village is locked inside their houses. What kind of security measure is this? Everyone is angry over this action by the administration,” the villager said.
District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said that ensuring the CM’s security in the narrow lanes was not easy, but denied that people were locked in their homes.
“The lane was too narrow and space was limited, so we invited two members from a family each. The rest were asked to stay at their homes as there was a space crunch. The measures were taken in the wake of CM’s security and we cannot compromise with it at any cost,” he said.
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