The central government on Wednesday expressed concern over the growing incidents of rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh and asked the Akhilesh Yadav government to "act promptly" to improve law and order situation in the state.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav arrives to attend a college function in Gorakhpur. PTI Photo
Amid nation-wide outrage over the gang-rape and murder of two cousins in Badaun, Yadav had said on Tuesday, "I have said this several times that incidents of the state are publicised more. Such incidents do not happen in UP alone".
Minister of state for home affairs Kiran Rijiju criticised the UP chief minister for accusing the media of highlighting such cases occurring in UP while ignoring similar cases happening in other states.
He advised Yadav that "such shameful incidents should not be seen by numbers."
"Any incidents happening in any part of the country is a concern for all of us. The situation which we have seen and observed in the past few days... In fact over the past few years in UP is definitely a cause of concern for all of us especially the ministry of home affairs.
"So we expect the Uttar Pradesh government will take prompt action on this kind of serious and heinous crimes being committed," Rijiju told reporters outside Parliament.
"Why can't such incidents be prevented?" the minister asked.
He was reacting to a volley of questions related to series of incidents involving crime against women in Uttar Pradesh.
In a strongly-worded message to the Samajwadi Party-led UP government, the minister said that "the kind of situation which we see in Uttar Pradesh must be dealt by the state government."
"There is nothing that we can take suo motu action because we have to have faith on the state agencies. And the expectation on the part of the MHA is that the action must be prompt," he said.
Asked whether the Centre will consider demand that President's rule should be imposed in the Samajwadi Party- ruled state, he said "the President's rule and all these issue are larger dimensions which I can not just comment on that".
But, BJP MP and former home secretary RK Singh went a step further and said UP was a fit case for the President's rule as the state has "completely failed" to control law and order.
"It is a failed state. There is no law and order. Rape and murder are very common. There is no control. The state has completely failed. It is a fit case for the President's rule," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
Singh alleged that political interference is rampant in every sphere of administration in the state, particularly in police, which resulted in collapse of the administration.
Referring to the alleged attempt to rape a female judge in Aligarh, the newly-elected MP said even a judge is not safe in her home.