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Lucknow: A petition challenging the compensation given by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to the family of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob in Dadri, has been filed on Wednesday.

The petition has been filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by social activist Nutan Thakur.

Akhlaq’s family was given financial assistance of Rs.45 lakh by the chief minister.

Citing similar compensations of Rs.50 lakh and Rs.20 lakh, respectively, to Zia-Ul-Haq and village head Nanhe Yadav’s family in the Kunda triple murder incident, Thakur had filed a petition in 2013 requesting the court to direct the state government to frame a definite policy for compensation in murder cases.

On this, the court had ordered the state government to present its policy over murder compensation.

In the affidavit filed by then principal secretary (Home) R.M. Srivasatav, the state government said it already has definite policies for compensation, where for deaths of government servants in special hazardous conditions, Rs.15 lakh was given, while the death of earning members of destitute families was compensated through the Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund where the limit was Rs.5 lakh, though the chief minister can provide higher amounts on his discretion.

As per the affidavit, Zia-Ul-Haq was compensated through ex-Gratia rules and the chief minister’s discretion while Yadav’s family was compensated through the UP Discretionary Fund.

Thakur on Wednesday presented an application before the high court, saying that even after this petition, the state government has been awarding such compensation quite arbitrarily as seen in the Jagendra Singh and Akhlaq cases, and hence the matter be heard at the earliest to stop this arbitrariness.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Little Known Facts About U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is a nationalist group of young people

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Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.
Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.

By Ruchika Verma

  • Yogi Adityanath is an Indian monk turned politician
  • He is currently the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh
  • Adityanath Yogi is one of the most orthodox politicians in India

When Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he sent the whole country into a brawl. Adityanath Yogi, as many know him as, is the founder of the youth group, Hindu Yuva Vahini.

Yogi Adityanath is not only a renowned Indian monk but also Hindu nationalist politician who with his association with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is known as the face of BJP in U.P.

Adityanath Yogi is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. (IANS)
Adityanath Yogi is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. (IANS)

Here are few little-known facts about Yogi Adityanath you may not have known before:

  • Yogi Adityanath was born on 5th June 1972. His real name is Ajay Singh which he changed after he became a monk.
  • Adiyanath Yogi is a very intelligent man. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from HNB Garhwal University, Uttarakhand.

Also Read: Yogi Adityanath: ‘Taj Mahal is Part of Indian Heritage’

  • Yogi Adityanath was the youngest legislator of Lok Sabha. He became a member of Lok Sabha in 1998 from Gorakhpur constituency. He was the MP from the same constituency for five times in a row.

    Yogi Adityanath is known for his orthodox Hindu ways. Wikimedia Commons
    Yogi Adityanath is known for his orthodox Hindu ways. Wikimedia Commons
  • Mahant Avaidyanath who was Adityanath’s predecessor was the president of Hindu Maha Sabha. They both have kept Hindutva as a forefront agenda during their election campaigns.
  • Adityanath Yogi is believed to be the leader of the ‘purification’ movement in 2005, during which Christians were converted to Hinduism. This step stunned the whole country.
  • Yogi Adityanath is a strong supporter of the “anti-Romeo squad.” These groups strike the couples in public, especially the unmarried ones. He says that these groups work towards restoring the pride of women.

    Adityanath Yogi is the face of BJP, UP. Twitter
    Adityanath Yogi is the face of BJP, UP. Twitter
  • Yogi Adityanath is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is a nationalist group of young Hindu individuals. Many of its group members are Dalit Hindu who are very touchy about Hindu culture and traditions.
  •  Adityanath Yogi was not always on good terms with BJP. In 2010, he was one of the several BJP members who opposed the Women’s Reservation Bill.

Also Read: Adityanath Yogi Keeps the Promises of BJP’s Election Manifesto

  • Yogi Adityanath’s criminal record is hardly a clean slate. He has several criminal cases against him, which include: charges related to rioting, attempt to murder, illegal possession of weapons, and charges against threatening and endangering other people’s  life.

    Adityanath Yogi is a monk turned politician. Twitter
    Adityanath Yogi is a monk turned politician. Twitter
  • Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and has been named as one of the main culprits of the Gorakhpur riots.