UP Civic Polls 2017: 111 Congress Winner's Rally Supporters Slapped With Sedition Charges

| December 5 , 2017 , 18:53 IST

Despite BJP's clear victory in Uttar Pradesh Civic Polls, Congress was able to grab some seats. One of the party candidates from Lakhimpur Kheri named Sana Khan was reportedly conducted a victory march post the result declaration when an immoral act by the party supporters landed them in trouble.

Almost 111 of the rally supporters were booked with sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-national slogans during the march. Interestingly, the complaint was filed after the defeated BJP candidate Sushma Shukla's son reported the incident to authorities. Denying all accusations, Sana called the act an "act of political vendetta".

Khan affirmed, "Leaders of the governing party (BJP) have used their power to file an FIR against our supporters. I have also seen the video and it looks like the person who was making the video was the one shouting anti-national slogans. I have asked the police and SDM to conduct an impartial investigation and take action against the culprits."

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Even the participants of March have denied any such incident taking place and are hoping for the Police to investigate and "reveal the truth". A local resident Mohammad Shariq said, "we have been living peacefully here and a few politicians are trying to defame our community for their political gains. It's sad that we have to declare our love for the country."

The sedition for the offence is non-bailable where the accused can be jailed for three years to a lifetime with a fine. The Police officials are trying to verify the video and case with the support of locals while maintaining peace in the area, where the chances of violence are quite high.