Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said that Himachal was not a crimeless state, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was exaggerating the issue of law and order in the state.
BJP legislators Ishwar Das Dhiman, Rikhi Ram Kaundal, Suresh Bhardwaj, Govind Thakur and Ravinder Singh Ravi moved a cut motion on demand seven for police and allied organisations, which was turned down by the House.
BJP legislators raised the issue of land, drug, liquor and mining mafia in the state. Ishwar Das Dhiman said crime incidents were increasing in the state. He said cases of rape, murder and robbery were being reported across the state every other day.
The police should investigate the matter deeply and find out why the incidents are increasing. It is up to the government to maintain law and order situation in the state. Dhiman also raised issue of drug mafia in the state.
Meanwhile, Rikhi Ram Kaundal said the police was busy in framing political opponents in false cases. He said crime against women had increased during the present government. He said in 2012, there were 1,024 cases of crime against women which increased to 1,500 in 2014.
He said the police had been conducting raids on the Opposition members' houses and it was obviously with the consent of the government.
Speaking on the cut motion, Suresh Bhardwaj said vice-chairman of a board was found using red beacon atop his vehicle in Rohru yesterday. He said the police had no courage to stop him but otherwise harass the innocent people of the state. He said several cases of theft have been reported in Shimla, but the police had failed to recover the stolen articles. He also raised the issue of missing children from Shimla and Hamirpur.
He also spoke about the alleged attack on the BJP office by the Youth Congress members. He said the government had not taken any action against the culprits but chief minister gave a clean chit to the Youth Congress members.
Meanwhile, Ravinder Singh Ravi said the police always arrive late on the crime spot. He said now the means of transportation had been modernised. He said several cases were still unsolved and crime rate was increasing in the state. Mining, liquor mafia is getting stronger and it was not possible without the patronage of ruling party, he said.
Replying to the debate on cut motion, the chief minister said the BJP was exaggerating the issue of law and order. "I am not saying the state is crimeless," he added. He also said crime rate has decreased. He said in 2011-12 there were 244 cases of murder while in 2013-14, 235 cases were registered.
On the issue of missing children, he said: "In this regard, criminal cases have been registered and investigations are on. Efforts are being made to trace both these missing children," he added.