Gorakhpur riot case: Allahabad HC dismisses petition against Yogi Adityanath
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking re-investigation into Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's alleged role in the 2007 riots in Gorakhpur.
While rejecting the petition, the high court said that "it found no discrepancies in a police investigation or the UP govt's refusal to prosecute Adityanath."
The petition was filed in 2008 in Allahabad High Court by Parvez Parwaz, who was also a complainant in the FIR lodged in Cantonment police station of Gorakhpur following the 2007 communal riots in the city, and Asad Hayat, a witness in the case.
In January 2007, a young Hindu boy, Raj Kumar Agrahari, was hospitalised following clashes between a group of Hindus and Muslims during a Muharram procession in Gorakhpur.
Yogi Adityanath, the then Gorakhpur MP, was instructed by the District Magistrate to not visit the site as it may create tensions.
Adityanath announced a "non-violent dharna" at the site, with a group of followers at his side. But inflammatory speeches were made and some of his followers went on to set fire to a nearby mausoleum.
To control the rapidly worsening situation, local police imposed a curfew, but Adityanath broke it too. He was subsequently arrested and jailed for a fortnight on charges of disturbing peace.
His arrest, however, only added fuel to the searing communal tension in the city, during which various mosques, homes, buses and trains were burned to a crisp. At least 10 people had died in the riots.