UP govt bans demonstrations in front of Vidhan Bhawan

Lucknow: In the wake of terrorist threat on the State Assembly, the Uttar Pradesh government has banned demonstrations and agitations in front of the Vidhan Bhawan building.

"In view of the terrorist threat to the Vidhan Bhawan and inconvenience caused to people due to traffic jams due to demonstrations, the government has decided to impose an immediate ban on agitation opposite the assembly building," a government spokesman said here today.

He said two alternative sites -- Jhulelal Park and Shaheed Smarak have been identified for holding demonstrations and agitations.

"Intelligence agencies had informed that terrorists were planning attacks in several cities of the country, including Lucknow," he said.

The state government is taking full caution regarding the security of Vidhan Bhawan. Security has also been beefed up at all important installations in the state capital, he added.

He said that several demonstrations were being organised in front of the Vidhan Bhawan every other day.

"Terrorists can carry out a big strike by joining these demonstrations, which are also causing traffic jams. Considering all these points, the state government has decided to shift the dharna sthal elsewhere," he said.

Bureau Report