‘Celebrations’ in Lakhimpur for LeT chief Hafiz Saeed’s release

LAKHIMPUR KHERI: Members of a community supposedly celebrated the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan in Lakhimpur city of Uttar ‘Pradesh.

Some residents of Begum Bagh colony in Shivpuri area allegedly decorated their houses with green flags and also raised slogans like ‘Hafiz Saeed zindabad’ and ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. The issue was immediately brought to district magistrate Akashdeep’s notice after which police force was rushed to the colony.

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Officials said that the administration acted promptly as members of some right wing groups had started gathering in the area. “I have asked police to investigate the matter and ensure peace in the city,” Akashdeep told media.

On Friday morning, Kotwali police first received information about 20-25 youths from Begum Bagh celebrating the release of Hafiz Saeed. While initially, the cops did not take the issue seriously, they swung into action after the matter was reported to the DM. “We rushed to the colony and found green flags put up in some houses. We removed all those flags and assured members of right wing outfits that the matter will be thoroughly investigated,” Kotwali police station in-charge Pradeep Shukla told TOI.

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