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Picture of Akhilesh with riot accused sparks row

A photograph purportedly showing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Moharram Ali, alias Pappu, an accused in the Saharanpur riots, has raised a storm in the government and ruling Samajwadi Party circles.

The photograph was broadcast by some news channels on Saturday. A government spokesman has dubbed it as an attempt to tarnish the image of the Chief Minister and the government as well as to mislead the people. He refuted the news item saying it was devoid of facts. The official spokesman said maintenance of law and order was a top priority of the government and there could be no compromise. Stating that the accused was already arrested and appropriate action taken as per the law, the spokesman said strict action would be taken against those trying to disturb peace and communal harmony.

Moharram Ali and two others were arrested based on CCTV footage of the riots.

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