Minutes before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was to make an appearance at a rally in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district, a bizzare scene played out. Three women police officers were seen standing next a woman wearing a burqa - the outer robe worn in public by women in some Islamic traditions -- gesturing that she should remove it. In visuals shot by journalists, the woman is first seen taking off a saffron scarf from around her neck. Following this, prompted by the officers, she took off the burqa. The woman then
smiled at the officers, who asked her to fold the garment and keep it. But soon, a male police officer arrived and walked away with the burqa.
The woman, who identified herself as Saira, said she was a BJP worker and had come to the rally from her village wearing her "traditional dress".
"It was black in colour. Perhaps there is some kind of a ban here, that's why I was asked to remove it. I have been a worker for a long time. My husband has been with the BJP for over a decade. It's ok, let it be," she said.
The district police chief, who was in charge of security for the rally, said there would be an inquiry.
"So far, I have not received any report of this . We had instructions that there should be no black flags shown at the rally. I will get this looked into. One cannot forcibly make anyone remove a burqa. Provide me the footage , if found guilty will do investigation " said Anil Kumar.