THE OPPOSITION today blasted the State Government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. It said the police were protecting politically connected criminals.
The law and order issue came up for heated discussion through three adjournment motions in the Vidhan Parishad. While the BJP attacked the government for criminal activities of Brij Kishore Singh, brother of Horticulture Minister Raj Kishore Singh in Basti, the BSP put the government on the mat for rape of a nine-year-old girl in Mainpuri. The teachers’ group mounted assault for firing on a teacher in a college in Aheripur (Etawah). However, the government rebutting the charges gave itself a clean chit on the issue.
The BJP, expressing concern over the rising crime graph, said the people of Basti were groaning under the heels of oppression by the minister and his henchmen.
Raghavram Mishra (BJP) said the minister’s brother was involved in loot of a jeweler’s shop on August 22. Mishra said the same situation had been prevailing in the entire state. He said resentment was brewing among the traders against the minister in Basti. Panchanan Rai (teachers’ group) said the situation had gone from bad to worse in Basti. Rai said politically protected criminals were running amuck in the town. He said everywhere there was “satta ka atank” (terror of the power).
The BSP, while taking up the issue of rape a minor girl in chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s town Mainpuri on May 21, 2006, said the police had completely failed to tackle crime in the state. Leader of the BSP group KK Gautam said when people were taking the rape accused to the police some people forcibly freed him. Gautam said even the police refused to register an FIR in the case.
He said later the police under pressure of people registered an FIR but it also lodged a case against 72 persons were had resorted to agitation on the