On last Saturday in western UP's Greater Noida district, a BJP leader was murdered. The goons fled from the spot after pumping bullets in the body of Vijay Pandit, the BJP leader leader. Pandit's wife has accused a leader of the ruling party of planning the murder.
People in UP say that whenever there is SP-led government in the state, the law and order deteriorates. Is the situation already bad or it is just a media hype as claimed by the state's CM Akhilesh Yadav.
We talked to few eminent people residing at Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to know what they think about the state's law and order situation.
Prof. Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Banaras Hindu University
"Lame statement of Mulayam Singh Yadav on Mumbai's Shakti Mill rape case that boys make mistakes when they commit rape or rob someone's chastity, has actually encouraged criminals and boosted the incidents of rape cases in Uttar Pradesh. If leaders like him extend indirect support to such crimes, then what action you can expect against the criminals from his government."
He added, "From very start the Samajwadi Party's tenure in the state was stamped with 'Gundaraj' and same thing can be witnessed at present. Though I am not saying that Mayawati's tenure was much better than the present one but it wasn't bad either. Action should be taken against the criminals rather passing filthy statements."
Prof. Mohammed Arif, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
"Law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is very disturbing. Police is also responsible for delay in justice along with many other reasons. Though its liberation is still in dilemma and it doesn't take action sometimes on time but blaming one thing always seems absurd to me. I believe, misuse of law makes a particular state to suffer."
Prof Satish Kumar,Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
"Situation of UP's law and order is abrupt and highly perturb. The rate of crime is increasing day by day and the hopes of getting justice too is getting blur for the common man. Though Akhilesh Yadav has asked the Allahabad High Court for its consent to set up fast-track courts in all the districts, but the hope of getting things right is still in darkness. The state government should be more focused on punishing accused for their venomous act, rather supporting them for their own wrong means. One is needed to work hard in order to bring a ray of positivity in the state and bringing law and order into right shape."
Noted social activist from the city Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi while acknowledging the deteriorating law and order in the state says, "Mind of caste and patriarchy with colonial legacy of administration and police system in the absence of modern social audit are main reasons (of lawlessness). For change, we need political will of state and non state actors."