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UP minister faces flak for slapping youth in public

Patel was caught on camera slapping a youth when attempts were being made to restore order during a blanket distribution programme at his Raja Talab residence on Sunday.

However, the minister has denied that any such incident took place.  Patel claimed the youth seen in the video is his 24-year-old nephew, Rajit Patel, whom he ‘patted’ while asking him to bring more blankets for distribution among the people who were present there.

Sources said Patel had personally organised the programme for distributing 10,000 blankets which drew huge crowd at his residence.

The superintendent of police (Traffic) OP Pandey along with cops from three police stations were present at the spot and mild force was also used to manage the crowd.

It was in the ensuing scuffle the minister was seen slapping a youth and one other in agitation.  The minister said that no such programme was organised ‘but somehow a wrong message was sent and unprecedented crowd reached which also became unmanageable.’

‘As there was no programme organised and media not invited it is nothing but a conspiracy by my political opponents who managed a section of media to malign my image,’ he added. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had asked his ministers to restraint during interaction specially with the media.

Top babu’s wife stuck in traffic, 4 cops suspended


Agra: Four policemen have been suspended for stopping traffic to clear the way for the vehicles a former UP police chief and his family that apparently left many commuters stranded including the wife of a top bureaucrat in the state.

Former director general of police Prakash Singh and his family were on their way to a memorial of the founder of the Radhasoami faith in Dayalbagh on Sunday when the traffic was allegedly held up by the cops to let their cars pass. According to sources, the wife of a top UP government bureaucrat, who was stuck in the traffic jam, made a clipping of the incident and sent it to her husband, who called up local police authorities.

SSP Shalabh Mathur said he had ordered the suspension of the four policemen- two sub-inspectors and as many constables - for causing the traffic jam and the incident would be inquired into by the Circle Officer, East, KP Yadav.
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