In light of the killing of an NIA officer in Bijnor and inmates setting afire a prison barrack in Varanasi, the BJP on Tuesday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh Police and accused it of working as a cadre of the ruling Samajwadi Party.
“When will the police administration, which is working as cadre of ruling SP, wake up and realise its responsibilities,” BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
He claimed that police acted in the killing of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) officer Tanzil Ahmad only after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav intervened in the matter.
“Incidents took place in Varanasi jail, but the top officers did not bother to act. When will the state’s administrative apparatus become sensitive on these incidents,” Pathak asked in a statement.
He alleged that police officers get postings on senior designations because of political connections but fail to execute their responsibilities.
He said Akhilesh had appealed to officers during IAS and IPS weeks to work so that his party could remain in power.
Meanwhile, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said those responsible for the murder of Tanzil Ahmad must be brought to justice.
“The brutal murder of NIA officer Tanzil Ahmad investigating key terror cases including Pathankot is extremely shocking,” Gandhi tweeted.
“My heartfelt condolences to his family. Those responsible for his murder must be brought to justice,” he added.
Ahmad was returning with his wife after attending a wedding function near Sahaspur town of Bijnor late Saturday night, when assailants on motor bikes pumped over 20 bullets into him, killing him. His wife also sustained serious injuries.
Police have termed the killing a planned attack.