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Open letter to CM

CONGRATULATIONS Mr Chief Minister. You have won a major political battle, both in the High Court as well as in the People?s court ? the UP Assembly. Mr Chief Minister, there is yet another sphere which is calling for your attention ? city?s law and order.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 00:31 IST

CONGRATULATIONS Mr Chief Minister. You have won a major political battle, both in the High Court as well as in the People’s court — the UP Assembly.

Mr Chief Minister, there is yet another sphere which is calling for your attention — city’s law and order.

Believe me, your roller coaster political ride may interest some; the salacious CDs in circulation may entertain a few others, but the public at large wants peace, progress and prosperity.

Political and social scandals do provide them with fodder for gossips, but it’s their security that concerns them most. And they know that Mulayam Singh Yadav, when determined, can give them that. He has an iron fist, when he gets down to business.

Mr Chief Minister agreed Delhi’s crime rate is higher, but Lucknow has never been so bad. Even when UP was in the grip of communal frenzy (beginning of 1990s) or of dacoit/mafia menace (1980’s), Lucknow had lived up to its name.

Then why today a palpable fear prevails in the city? Why Lucknow is no longer considered to be a safe city. There was a time when people used to opt for Lucknow besides Pune and Dehradun for their post retirement habitat? Why then now girls feel unsafe to move around in the city? In one word why Lucknow has turned into a crime capital from state’s capital?

Can there be any explanation for today’s violence? Don’t we have enough force to simultaneously supervise President’s security along with city’s law and order? This is not an incident in isolation.

The fearlessness with which criminals use guns and get away with it, the fear in the police to initiate action against the criminals and the failure of the system to get them punished under the law — all need correction.

Mr Chief Minister, it’s high time for action. Mere transfers, suspensions won’t help. You with your political and administrative acumen can do lots for We the People. The city must live up to its name and you to your fame!

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 00:31 IST