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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Crime, politics and contracts — it’s the don thing

Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 30, 2013
First Published: 11:36 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:40 IST(30/7/2013)

Organised crime continues to flourish in Uttar Pradesh despite successive governments expressing their commitment to eliminate gangs.

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Sample this. Seven months after district magistrates and superintendents of police were called for a New Year eve brainstorming session and asked to crackdown on organised crimie, neither the gangs nor their guns have fallen silent.

Sources say dons like Mukhtar Ansari, Brijesh Singh, Munna Bajrangi, Guddu Singh, Kaushal Chaubey, Rizwan, Atiq Ahmed and DP Yadav are pulling the strings to grab sand mining, liquor, real estate, road construction, medicine supply, embankment construction, railway scrap and coal supply contracts.

With this being the situation, their rivals have been gunned down in gang wars in Varanasi, Ghazipur, Mau, Meerut, Agra and Bareilly.

Since May 2012, around a dozen police personnel have been killed for taking on criminals, according to the state police data.

Former director general of police VKB Nair says a nexus between criminals and politicians is providing oxygen to the gangs.

The criminals give money and muscle power to the politicians who, in return, give them protection as well as contracts to run the crime machine, he says.

Such patronage has emboldened the mafiosi.

They have killed 25 engineers handling development funds and six doctors managing medical fund in the last 10 years, says UP Engineers’ Association president AA Farooqui.

The NRHM scam is another example of this.

Also, SK Dewedi, former faculty at Lucknow University’s political science department, says the Transparency International report has labelled Uttar Pradesh as one of the most corrupt states in the country.

Over the years, measures to rein in criminals have either not been implemented or fallen through.

For instance, the state government in 2002 had constituted two inquiry committees to submit their reports on the politician-contractor nexus.

Both the reports are gathering dust now.

Explaining the failure to rein in criminals, BJP legislature party leader Hukum Singh says the initiatives taken by one government against organised crime are shelved when there is a change of guard.

Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) says the functioning of policemen on field duty was monitored by the Mayawati regime but this is not being done now.


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