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Ex-IPS officer who announced candidature against Adityanath says police blocked his Gorakhpur visit

Former Indian Police Service officer Amitabh Thakur, who announced that he will contest next year’s Assembly elections against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, on Saturday said that the police barred him from going to Gorakhpur and Faizabad.

Adityanath has been a member of Parliament from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms from 1998 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

Thakur, in a video message on Twitter, said on Saturday that when he was preparing to leave Lucknow for Gorakhpur, the Gomti Nagar Police told him that he could not do so on account of security reasons.

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“I told them that if it is a matter of a security threat, then Yogi Adityanath ji should not go anywhere,” Thakur said. “After all, it is said that he faces threats from the ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence] and several other people. But he moves around, and security arrangements are made for him. In the same way, I should be given security.”

The former IPS officer then said that he subsequently wrote a letter to the police seeking permission, in response to which the police gave…

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