Uttar Pradesh’s top police officer will be in Mathura on Wednesday where traders have called a shutdown to protest against the killing of two jewellers and failure of the police to nab the robbers caught on CCTV.
The Monday night robbery and murders in the holy city have raised questions over the law and order situation in the state, with the opposition targetting chief minister Yogi Adityanath for alleged rise in crime in Uttar Pradesh.
The robbers took away gold and cash while the same night, a jeweller was shot at and robbed of Rs 8 lakh in Agra.
Adityanath led the BJP to a huge win in India’s most populous state in March after taking on the ruling Samajwadi Party over rising crime and corruption in the state.
“High time chief minister Yogi Aditynath stop preaching as saint and come out with action plan to correct lawlessness all over state,” former Mathura MLA Pradeep Mathura said.
The saffron-robed Adityanath is also the head priest of a prominent Hindu temple in eastern UP’s Gorakhpur.
Director general of police Sulkhan Singh will be in Mathura to get a first-hand account of the killings and assess the progress made in the investigation.
Jewellers Vikas Agarwal and Megh Agarwal, both 30, were killed and two people injured when six armed men barged into their shop in Koyalawali Gali and opened fire.
There is anger among the trading community as police have failed to make a headway in the crime caught on CCTV. Three local policemen have been suspended but traders are asking for concrete steps for their security.
A jeweller was also shot at and robbed of Rs 8 lakh in the tourist city of Agra on Monday night. Dinesh Agarwal is in hospital with a bullet lodged in his spinal cord.
“Agra and Mathura are tourist destinations. Such incidents create fear and panic. The BJP government has failed to provide a safe environment to traders,” Agra city’s Samajwadi Party chief said.