Has law and order really improved in UP, Mr Home Minister Sir?

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lucknow that the law and order situation in UP has improved under Yogi raj. National Herald has compiled some incidents of crime that took place in May alone

Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Biswajeet Banerjee

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Lucknow, his parliamentary constituency, on Thursday and he declared that the law and order situation has improved under Yogi Adityanath’s rule . The statement came on a day when a lawyer was shot dead in Allahabad in broad daylight. Ironically, Governor Ram Naik said in Amethi that there was a need to improve law and order on the very same day.

National Herald has complied the incidents of crime that have taken place in 11 days of May - from May 1 to May 11 - which suggest how the law and order has been failing in UP.

Communal violence, killings, rapes and atrocities on Dalits – you just name it and it is there. These are the incidents which were recorded by police. There are many such incidents which have not found mention in police FIRs.

Here is a list:

May 11

Three persons , including two women, were bludgeoned to death and as many injured in an attack by a gang of robbers in Kasganj. The incident occurred nearly 500 meters from Sahawar police station. Earlier on Wednesday night, in adjoining Amapur police jurisdiction, a septuagenarian was bludgeoned to death and five others injured by a gang of nine men before they were robbed. Following this incident, angry residents staged a protest. Kasganj police resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

May 10

Two motorbike-borne assailants shot a lawyer dead in broad daylight In Allahabad, sparking a riot-like situation in which government buses were set ablaze by lawyers. As per reports, lawyer Rajesh Srivastava (45) of Rambagh area left his home for his workplace at District Collectorate on Thursday morning. As he neared Manmohan Park, two youths on a Bajaj Pulsar motorbike rode close to him and shot him in his temple multiple times. As the victim collapsed to the ground, the assailants fled the spot, waiving handguns.

May 9

Despite heavy deployment of force, the Saharanpur administration once again failed to provide security to Dalits when the brother of the district president of Bhim Army was shot dead. The sensational killing took place hardly 100 meters away from the Maharana Pratap Bhawan where the celebration of the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap was on.

May 8

In a sensational incident in Muzaffarnagar, a woman was gang-raped in a moving car by two men after throwing her daughter (3) out of the vehicle on the busy Delhi-Dehradun national highway on Monday.

The child was rushed to a hospital by local villagers and she was said to be out of danger. The 26-year-old victim, who was later thrown out of the car in Chapar area on the highway, is undergoing treatment. A case was registered against the absconding accused and the victim was sent for medical examination.

May 5

In a sensational murder in Lakhimpur Kheri, a woman Zila Panchayat member from Paliya was sprayed with bullets. As per reports, Kiran Verma (32) of Chandan Chowki area of Lakhimpur Kheri won the election of Zila Panchayat member as an independent from Palia Nagar Panchayat. On May 5, she, along with her husband Chandan Singh, visited Udaypur Mehwa hamlet of Kheri Kotwali where she was attacked and killed.

May 4

In Amethi, a father and his son were brutally hacked to death while four others were critically injured. Allegedly, the inaction of the local police led to the killing and the Amethi SP shunted out Station House Officer DK Singh, a sub-inspector and a constable. An enquiry was also initiated to probe into their role in the killing.

May 2

Communal tension gripped Aligarh when activists of Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and some other Hindu outfits clashed with students of Aligarh Muslim University over the the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah inside the university premise on Wednesday.

May 2

In a sensational incident at Shahjahanpur, a 15-year-old Dalit girl was thrown off the terrace of a house by a teenager after she resisted a molestation bid.  The victim was admitted in a serious condition to the district hospital. The police registered a case in this regard and were trying to nab the minor accused. The accused and the victim are students of class IX in the same school.

May 1

In a shocking incident, four upper caste youths beat up a Dalit farmer and then forced him to drink urine because he had refused to harvest their crop in a village in Badaun in central Uttar Pradesh. Though the incident took place in Azadpur village on April 23, the FIR was lodged a week later on April 30 at Hazratpur police station.

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