Attack on scribe: UP govt promises strict action
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said strict action would be taken against those who attacked a senior scribe in the state capital recently.
The issue was raised by Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, BJP's Hukum Singh and Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) through an adjournment notice during Zero Hour in the state assembly.
Pramod Tiwari said senior scribe Hemant Tiwari was attacked by some youths travelling in a SUV on June seven with sticks when he was returning home.
The vehicle of the scribe was d Chennai: Days after demanding the removal of a controversial cartoon on anti-Hindi stir, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday charged some officials and 'fanatics' with trying to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states and asked the Centre to keep the promise give by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the language issue.
"Even if the (Central) government does not involve in any such efforts, some officers here and there and Hindi fanatics are employing themselves to the maximum level possible to impose the language," he wrote in party mouthpiece 'Murasoli.'
Referring to the cartoon allegedly showing the anti-Hindi agitation in bad light in Class XII NCERT political science book, he alleged it was part of efforts to impose the language.
"Similarly, I have been informed that one of the criteria for consideration for promotion in public sector banks is the efforts towards promoting Hindi.
"The Centre should take note of such issues affecting thousands of officers from non-Hindi speaking states and take efforts to ensure that the promise made by Nehru (that Hindi will not be imposed on non-Hindi speaking people), is kept," he said.
Karunanidhi, whose DMK is a key partner of UPA, also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to help five Indian fishermen hailing from the state who are languishing in a Sri Lankan jail and slammed his archrival and Chief minister j Jayalalithaa saying she had stopped with just announcing a relief of Rs two lakh for each of their families. PTI
amaged, he said adding the youths returned to the scene within minutes and tried to crush policemen, who had reached there, under their vehicle.
"Even after four days of the incident, the accused have not been arrested," the Congress member said.
Singh said strict action should be initiated against the culprits to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
Rejecting the notice, Parliamentary Affairs minister Mohammad Azam Khan said the guilty would be brought to book as early as possible.
Two separate FIRs, one by the driver of the journalist and other by police, have been lodged in Hazratganj Police Station in this connection.
A delegation of journalists had earlier met SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on June nine and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding action against the attackers.