Yogi dared to take action against BJP leaders

Recently appointed DGP’s warning of strict action against law breakers seems to have fallen on deaf ears as BJP leaders engage in violence and incite others to break the law

Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Biswajeet Banerjee

“Several leaders with criminal background joined BJP before the assembly election and got elected. Recently two girls were raped in Fatehpur. The accused is a local BJP leader. Will Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath take action against all the BJP leaders who are breaking the law? I don’t believe he will; actually I think he cannot,” said CPM Polit Buro leader Subhasini Ali during a chat with NH.

In last few days, the atrocities of BJP men or those belonging to saffron organisations have increased so much that BSP chief Mayawati called saffron as a colour of `goondagardi’(hooliganism) in UP while Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “anybody wearing saffron scarf now gets a license to beat up people.”

The reactions followed after a BJP MP and a legislator led a mob that attacked policemen in Saharanpur and Agra. The police have so far failed to act against the law makers of the ruling party. Samajwadi Party has demanded a judicial probe into Saharanpur incident.

Despite a stern warning from newly appointed Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh that law breakers, howsoever high and mighty, would not be spared, the police in Uttar Pradesh appear to be helpless in taking action against BJP law makers.

Latest incident is reported from Bareilly where the BJP legislator from Nawabganj constituency Kesar Singh abducted a bank manager and gave him a thrashing because he was allegedly sitting over loan waiver applications of some farmers or rejected applications because they did not qualify for the scheme announced by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently.

Manager of Diler Nagar branch of Baroda Gramin Bank, Harish Singh said in his complaint that the BJP MLA arrived in his office along with his supporters on Wednesday and asked him to sanction loan waiver for some farmers of his choice.

“When I refused, I was beaten up. I was put in a car and taken to an undisclosed location where I was tied with a rope to a chair. I was released only after I gave in writing that I would do whatever the MLA asked me to do,” Singh said in his police complaint.

Interestingly, despite a written complaint local police have, so far not registered a case against the BJP MLA. He denies having used force against the manager. He says that he had only gone to enquire about the account of some farmers who had complained that they were facing problems due to laxity by the bank staff.

DIG Ashutosh Kumar termed the incident as serious and said, it was being investigated and if required, an FIR would be registered against the BJP lawmaker.

This incident sparked protest across the district as staff of over a dozen bank branches staged a demonstration demanding action against the MLA.

In another incident, BJP MP from Barabanki Priyanka Rawat allegedly used foul language against ASP Kunwar Gyananjay. Addressing a press conference she said, “Main police wale ki khaal khichwa lungi.”(I will get the policeman skinned alive) She also alleged that the said police officer had minted money during Akhilesh regime. “Now, BJP has come to power. Police officers should learn how to behave,” she said.

SP, Barabanki, Vaibhav Krishna, said the video of the press conference was being examined and if necessary, an FIR would be registered against the MP.

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