Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh:
A businessman in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj metropolis has filed an FIR (first data report) in opposition to a gaggle of people that allegedly painted his residence saffron regardless of objections. He claimed that he was threatened and abused after he requested them to cease. The road the place the incident has taken place additionally has the house of UP Minister Nand Gopal Nandi. The minister has justified what he calls “growth work” and mentioned the controversy is “unnecessary”.
Visuals from the road confirmed rows of homes painted in saffron and spiritual symbols being painted on lots of them.
An almost one-minute lengthy clip shot by businessman Ravi Gupta early Monday morning from the balcony of his residence in Prayagraj’s Bahadurganj locality – about 200 km from state capital Lucknow – reveals a gaggle of individuals spraying saffron paint on the outer partitions of his residence.
“See how a lot this ‘goonda gardi’ (hooliganism) has elevated,” a person will be heard saying.
One other particular person is heard urging: “Please cease when I’m asking you to. Please transfer away.”
However the portray didn’t cease, Mr Gupta mentioned, and the lads spraying the paint let free a volley of abuses on the businessman and his members of the family.
In the identical clip, yet one more particular person is heard naming Mr Nandi and alleging the work is being achieved on his instructions.
The group of males then immediately spray on the folks within the balcony, overlaying the cellphone lens in paint
Mr Gupta filed an FIR on Monday night time naming a person – Kamal Kumar Kesarwani – as the primary accused within the case. Mr Kesarwani is UP Minister Nand Gopal Nandi’s cousin.
“All I would like is that the constitutional safeguards to me as a citizen shouldn’t be tampered with. I needs to be allowed to reside in peace. I’m a dealer nobody ought to hassle me. I solely mentioned that I don’t need to get me home painted. However I used to be abused and my home was forcibly painted,” mentioned Ravi Gupta.
The Prayagraj Police mentioned they had been investigating the case and motion could be taken.
Nonetheless, the Mr Nandi, who lives in the identical neighbourhood, has mentioned the FIR is a “conspiracy”.
“It’s not totally ‘bhagwa’ (saffron). I can spot purple, inexperienced, and even a ‘chocolatey’ color. Some folks – it seems- don’t like beautification. These individuals are ‘Vikas -Virodhi’ (in opposition to the event),” Mr Nandi mentioned.
“After which there are individuals who assume they are going to turn into ‘netas’ (politicians) in the event that they elevate their voice. It is not solely in my avenue however a river of growth is flowing via Prayagraj,” Mr Nandi informed reporters.