Former UP IPS officer aiming to challenge assembly poll against Yogi placed under ‘house arrest’

Former Uttar Pradesh IPS officer Amitabh Thakur who announced he would run against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the upcoming State Assembly polls scheduled for early next year, was reportedly under house arrest on Saturday after attempting to travel to Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s hometown, to hold a public contact program.

According to the sources here, Thakur was prevented from leaving for Gorakhpur in the morning and was taken back to his home in Gomti Nagar region.

Cops were deployed around his home, sources said.

While Thakur claimed he was placed under “house arrest”, police officials said he was only prevented from traveling to Gorakhpur because there were fears of breaches of law. peace and a threat to its security.

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Thakur had said he would fight Adityanath from wherever he applied to protest his repressive and undemocratic policies. “No matter how many votes I get…I will force Adityanath to follow the model code of conduct in letter and spirit,” he said.

The incendiary former IPS officer, who was usually given trivial postings given his outspokenness, angered the BJP government when he predicted that mobster Vikas Dubey, who killed eight cops and was arrested in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh last year, said to be killed in an encounter before it even happened.

Likewise, he again embarrassed the bureaucracy and the government after demanding that the Hathras District Magistrate be prosecuted over the brutal rape and murder of a woman.

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