THE OPPOSITION on Wednesday grilled the State Government for failing to avert massacre of the five youths of the Gurjar community by the Rambabu Gadaria gang despite Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh having expressed apprehension in advance of a major retaliatory act following the killing of Dayaram Gadaria.
Alleging complete intelligence failure in the dacoity-prone Chambal region, the Opposition staged a walkout in the State Assembly following the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s ‘unsatisfactory’ reply on admissibility of the adjournment motion on the issue. The Chief Minister admitted that intelligence network in the dacoity-affected region needs to be further strengthened.
Attacking the Government on this issue, the Congress members alleged that abduction has become a cottage industry in the entire Chambal region owing to political patronage to casteist politics and the police complicity with the outlaws. The situation in the region is assuming an alarming proportion of caste war, the Opposition members warned.
While the Chief Minister assured the House to take all possible measures to curb the menace, the Opposition maintained that the terrified people of the Chambal region have lost trust in the police.
Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh claimed in the House that the police have mounted a major offensive in the region against dacoits and encouraging results are expected soon. He narrated the incident — how the Rambabu Gadaria gang abducted and killed five Gurjar youths who had left the Kararia village to sale milk on Sunday morning.
Picking holes in the Minister’s reply, Sajjan Singh Verma (Congress) said instead of acting promptly, the police station in charge of Govardhan locked up the complainant in the police station. “If the station in charge had heeded to the complaint of the missing youths immediately, the massacre could have been avoided,” he claimed.
Later, the Chief Minister admitted lapse on the part of the police party and announced suspension of the guilty police officers including SI Sanjay Chaturvedi, ASI Shobha Ram Ojha and two Head Constables Keshav Singh and Amar Singh. Congress member Satyadeo Katare said the nexus of politics and crime is too deep in the region to break.
“In the region each family has members in various political outfits who leverage their position to patronise criminals, ” Katare admitted.
His candour earned the praise of the Speaker as well as the Chief Minister. Dr Govind Singh (Congress) alleged that failure of the intelligence network is so complete that police find it hard to enlist informers for monitoring dacoits movements.
Ram Lakhan Sharma, Hari Vallabh Shukla, Arif Aqueel also hit out at the Government on the issue. Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi wrapped up the debate on behalf of the opposition. She suggested convening of an all-party meeting to chalk out a strategy on dacoity menace.