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Taking selfie near Yogi's residence can land you in jail

In this VIP area taking photos and selfies are punishable crime, those caught will have to face strict action, the banner proclaimed

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with State Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna at a press conference at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow (Photo: PTI)

A small banner announcing strict action against taking photos and selfies on the Kalidas Marg, where the residences of and are located, was removed today after much criticism on

"In this VIP area taking photos and selfies are punishable crime. Those caught will have to face strict action," the banner put up yesterday at the gate of the proclaimed.

However, as the photo of the banner went viral on and drew criticism for the government, it was removed today.

Former and also criticised the state "Gift to people on New Year by the state Taking selifie can invite UPCOCA," he tweeted.

The yesterday tabled stringent Control of Organised Crime (UPCOC) Bill, 2017, which was severely criticised by the opposition.

Officials were tight-lipped on the matter. Principal Secretary, Information, Awanish Awasthi also did not reply when asked about it.

First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 16:25 IST