Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has directed officers concerned to review cases against youths lodged in jail on charges of attack on a CRPF camp, serial blasts in courts in Faizabad, Barabanki and Lucknow and other such incidents.
"A number of youths are lodged in jails on charges of attack on a CRPF camp in Rampur, blasts in Lucknow, Barabanki and Faizabad courts and 2007 blasts in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Some of them have challenged the charges.
"Fulfilling his promise, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed officers to review these cases and withdraw them," SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.
He said a certain judicial process had to be followed to withdraw cases and that was being done by the government. Claiming that as promised in party manifesto, the SP government has taken initiative in this regard.
Commenting on the move, BJP termed it as appeasement of Muslims by the ruling party to woo them ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"The act of withdrawal of cases will boost the morale of those involved in terrorist activities. It's an anti-national move and the party will protest against it," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.