Foreign arms issue causes concern
SHARING opposition concern over the increasing use of sophisticated weapons in murders, the Government today admitted in the Vidhan Sabha that it was a serious issue and urged the leaders of all political parties to sit together to find a solution to this problem.india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 00:56 IST
Govt urges all parties to chip in for solution
SHARING opposition concern over the increasing use of sophisticated weapons in murders, the Government today admitted in the Vidhan Sabha that it was a serious issue and urged the leaders of all political parties to sit together to find a solution to this problem.
The issue was raised by Pramod Tiwari, Jagdambika Pal and Ram Naresh Yadav (all Congress) through an adjournment notice during the Zero Hour.
Speaking on the admissibility of the notice, Tiwari said the crime graph had gone up since the formation of the Mulayam-led Government and morale of criminals, enjoying the Government patronage, was high. It was evident from the fact that sophisticated weapons, like AK-47 and AK-56 rifles, were used to kill Rajupal, Krishnanand Rai and Sant Gyaneshwar and none of the killers had been arrested.
Such murders assumed a new dimension when the accused involved in the killings were associated with the ruling party.
The killing could be checked had the Government accepted his demand for a CBI inquiry into the Rajupal murder case and said seven girls traveling with Sant Gyaneshwar were also killed by criminals who opened fire on one of the busiest roads of Allahabad and escaped unchallenged.
Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) and Narendra Kumar Singh Gaur (BJP) also expressed similar views.
Opposing the notice, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan shared the opposition concern but clarified that it was impossible to provide security to one and all.
He, however, agreed that increasing use of automatic weapons was a serious matter and urged all party leaders to help the Government to check the menace and trace the source of arms supply.
The government also admitted that there was something wrong in the system in which people remained in jail for years even for committing petty crimes.
Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan called upon the opposition to help the Government develop a fool-proof system to prevent the innocent from languishing in jail for decades.
Pramod Tiwari , who raised the issue through a question of propriety, informed the House that many were in jail for the last 35 to 40 years without even a single hearing in their respective cases.
Citing some examples, Tiwari said Jagrup, a 90-year-old murder convict, was in the Lucknow Jail for many years.
Shankar Lal, arrested for a minor dispute with his neighbour, was in jail for 44 years.
He regretted that they had already served much more than the maximum punishment any court could give and demanded that the House must come forward to rescue such persons.
Khan said one had to go into the details of each and every case separately and asked the opposition to help the Government check injustice to the innocent.
First Published: Feb 17, 2006 00:56 IST