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The Congress hit the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday after a FIR was lodged against eight Twitter handles for allegedly spreading false news in connection with the deaths last week in Unnao of two children.

Former MP Congressman Udit Raj was booked on Saturday for allegedly spreading false news via a tweet in which he said the teenagers were raped and their bodies cremated against their family’s will.

Condemning the FIRs, Randeep Surjewala, head of the Congress Communication Department, said, “The FIR filed against the former MP and Congress spokesperson Udit Raj, a media portal and some individuals is a clear cut instance of strangulating democracy by the BJP and its leaders. Congress Party demands the immediate withdrawal of all politically motivated FIRs, for such arm twisting will not be able to silence the voice of our leaders, who are committed to the cause of the weak, deprived and marginalised.”

“Registration of FIRs against Congress leader Udit Raj, web portal Mojo Story and other individuals is yet another instance of brazen harassment and bullying by the power drunk BJP Government to silence the contrarian or dissenting voices,” he added.

Indicating that the law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh has fully collapsed as the state government has failed in its duty to protect the people, Surjewala said that the government is targeting the media and political leaders instead of pursuing the perpetrators of various crimes by “resorting to the registration of false FIRs” and using “other coercive measures to threaten and intimidate the people bringing the truth to light”.
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